29th July 2016
Discovering new places is one of my favourite things to do; I feel like I’m an adventurer through and through. This trip around Skye really helped to fulfil my desire for wandering, exploration and unearthing some of the Earth’s most beautiful landscapes. The early part of our trip involved a lot of miles, driving place to place and getting out to explore locations as we felt like it.
The Quiraing is a continuation of the large landslip we visit earlier in the day (The Storr), stretching along Skye’s northern peninsula. The small road that dissects the sharp change in elevation is the focal point of this area of the island, where picturesque views are given a sense of scale through the asphalt snaking away. As with much of Skye, you struggle to comprehend the landscape, and although we were making swift excursions into the wilderness, you could have easily spent a day at each location, taking it in and basking in its glory.
We definitely felt as though we were on the tourist circuit of Skye, noting the same cars and people at each location. But whilst we found ourselves amongst tourists and coach parties, we always managed to find tranquility at the end of each day.
The first night’s wild camp whet our appetites for solitude and peace, and finding our camp at the end of our second day indulged us even further. After driving the rarely travelled coastal road on the northern tip of the island, we found a secluded parcel of land at the roadside, tucked out of sight but still occupying far-reaching views across the sea. Sitting round the fire, passing the bottle and laughing, we again revelled in high standard of wild camp locations on Skye