Highland Cattle on Skye

On one of the hauls up/down a hillside on Skye there was a parking place. The Highland cattle there attracted an enthusiastic audience.

Highland Cows on Skye 1

They are wonderful shaggy beasts. But don’t let the horns get near you!:-

Highland Cows on Skye 2

Highland Cows on Skye 3

Highland Cows on Skye 4

Skye Hills

These photos were all taken on the hoof through the car window.

Not by the driver I hasten to add.

Skye’s landscape is pretty bleak with very few trees but has a stark beauty of a kind.

The main mountain range is the Cuillin but the Black Cuillin lie more to the west of the island than these which I believe belong to the Red Cuillin.

Skye Hills 1

Skye Hills 2

Skye Hills 3

Skye Hills 4

Skye Hills 5

Allt Coire Nam Bruadaram Waterfall, Skye

Waterfall and continuing stream:-

Skye Waterfall

Different angle:-

Allt Coire Nam Bruadaram Waterfall, Skye,

Closer view of waterfall:-

Close-up on Allt Coire Nam Bruadaram Waterfall, Skye,

Closer still:-

Allt Coire Nam Bruadaram Waterfall, Skye, Even Closer view

Video. (Click on picture to get to it):-

Video of Allt Coire Nam Bruadaram Waterfall, Skye

Skye Scenery

Looking towards (sea) Loch Ainort from near a bridge over Allt Coire Nam Bruadaram. An older bridge can be seen in the distance nearer the loch. The island of Scalpay lies across the sea water.

Skye Scenery 1

The older bridge in close-up:-

Bridge over Allt Coire Nam Bruadaram, Skye

Allt Coire Nam Bruadaram from roadside:-

Allt Coire Nam Bruadaram, Skye 1

Allt Coire Nam Bruadaram looking towards Loch Ainort:-

Allt Coire Nam Bruadaram, Skye 2

Allt Coire Nam Bruadaram looking up the coire (corrie):-

Allt Coire Nam Bruadaram, Skye 1Allt Coire Nam Bruadaram, Skye 3

Portree, Isle of Skye

Portree harbour looking out to the island of Raasay and beyond:-

Portree, Isle of Skye, Looking Out To Raasay

Portree harbour, pierside buildings:-

Portree Harbour

Great Wars Memorial Portree, overlooking harbour. Upper inscription (gold lettering) is the same Gaelic phrase that appears on Portree’s War Memorial, Mairidh An Cliu Go Bragh:-

Great Wars Memorial Portree

The lower inscription reads, “Lest we forget. Donated by Seoid Portree Primary School War Time Memorial Project 2002-2003. Donated to thank the community. In memory of all who sacrificed so much in The Great Wars”:-

Inscription Great Wars Memorial Portree

River Sligachan, Skye

As well as the three bridges over it I took a few photos of the River Sligachan on Skye and the countryside round about just to remember the landscape.

From the old bridge:-

River Sligachan, Skye 1

From the riverside:-

River Sligachan, Skye 2

River Sligachan, Skye 3

Bridges on Skye

From Kyle of Lochalsh we travelled over the sea to Skye – not in a bonny boat but via the bridge at Kyle of Lochalsh.

On the way on to Portree I spotted a lovely old bridge over the River Sligachan. I made sure to stop on the way back to photograph it.

It was an atmospheric day with mist shrouding the hills and rain making fitful appearances:-

An Old Bridge on Skye

Old Bridge on Skye From Angle

Just off to the left there was a smaller bridge over a smaller burn:-

Smaller Old Bridge on Skye 2

Reverse angle of old bridge. The newer bridge over the Sligachan can be seen through the first arch:-

Old Bridge on Skye (New Bridge through Arch)

The newer bridge:-

Newer Bridge on Skye

Duirinish, Highlands. Free Roaming Cattle

On the way back fom Skye we took a detour to go to Plockton on Loch Carron. The road took us through the village of Duirinish.

The locals think nothing of letting their livestock roam the (one, very narrow) street.

Duirinish, Highland

Both Highland cattle and sheep made driving through it a little precarious. In the link above is a great photograph of the village with cattle in the burn.

After Plockton and on the way back to our hotel we encountered a family of highland cattle more or less blocking the road. They seemed to be going home for the night. The woman in the other car had stopped for a photo opportunity.

Highland Cows on Road!

I tried to nudge past them but had to stop sharpish as the female cow didn’t take too kindly to me getting near her offspring.

Highland Cattle 2

The joys of rural driving!

Highland Cattle 2

Portree War Memorial

Portree is the main town on the Isle of Skye. Not big in the grand scheme of things but it has enough non-chain shops not to be boring.

The War Memorial is in the town square. It takes the form of a lion-surmounted pillar on a hexagonal base, name panels on five of the lower hexagonal planes. The supplementary (upper) panel is for 1939-45.

The stone wreath here is inscribed 1914-1919, the panel under it, “To the glory of God and in grateful memory of the soldiers and sailors from the mainland of Portree Parish and from South Snizort who died for their country in the Great War 1914-1919. Eternal Honour to the true and brave who for their native land their life blood gave. And in Gaelic, “Mairidh An Cliu Go Bragh”:-

Portree War Memorial 3

The supplementary upper panel below is for 1939-45 (and includes Private Alice Buchanan ATS) plus a soldier of the Korean War, Private Alastair M Annan.

Portree War Memorial 1

Again the supplementary upper panel is for 1939-45:-

Portree War Memorial 2

Kyle of Lochalsh

Kyle of Lochalsh is a village situated at the mouth of Loch Alsh, ten or so miles from Dornie and Eilean Donan Castle.

It is perhaps most famous for being the terminus of the Kyle of Lochalsh Railway line, which nominally runs from Dingwall but the trains go on to Inverness.

Kyle of Lochalsh Railway Station:-

Kyle of Lochalsh Railway Station

The Station is effectively on the pier. Handy for goods traffic:-

Ship at Kyle of Lochalsh Pier

Part of railway line:-

Lochalsh Railway Line

Signal Box, Kyle of Lochalsh, taken from same bridge as above:-

Signal Box, Kyle of Lochalsh

The village is quite small but as I recall represented the big bad wider world of fleshpots and the like for the inhabitants of the Applecross peninsula in His Bloody Project

The most impressive building in Lochalsh is the Lochalsh Hotel which has minor Art Deco leanings:-

Lochalsh Hotel

Only a mile (or less) away is the Skye Bridge. (No need now to take a boat – bonny or otherwise – over the sea to Skye.) Skye hills in background:-

Skye Bridge

In the village there is a memorial in the form of a defused mine:-

Mine Memorial, Kyle of Lochalsh

Mine memorial inscription:-

Kyle of Lochalsh Mine Memorial Inscription

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