Briefly about Isle of Skye, Scotland
Isle of Skye – or just Skye – is one of the top destination to visit in Scotland. Located in the Westernmost part of Scotland’s Highlands, and connected to the mainland only by a bridge, Skye is a dreamy destination for outdoor and cultural enthusiast. It’s home of the most iconic Scottish landscape. Such as the Cullin mountain range, the most dramatic rocky slopes of the country. And, like almost everywhere in Scotland, massive and masterly castles such as Eilean Donan Castle, which is probably one of the most famous castle. Or Dunvegan Castle built during the 13th century and still the seat of the Clan MacLeod.
Many of the places in Isle of Skye can breath you away, from the mythic rocky formation of Old Man of Storr to the dinosaur footprints or the turquoise – and very cold – water of Fairy pools. This is a top destination which offers plenty of hiking, climbing or scrambling adventures, for the most adventurous. Also, the Isle of Skye is a great for Wildlife. Indeed, because of the diversity of the landscape you can watch a lot of birds including the White Tailed Sea Eagle which is the largest UK bird of prey. And alos seals, whales, dolphins and a lot of deers, sometimes feeding along the roads.
You will find in Scotland maybe one of the most famous bridge in the world: Glenfinnan Viaduct. This bridge was made famous by Harry Potter’s movies where Hogwarts Express train drive Harry Potter and his friends to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
This viaduct gather thousands of visitors from all around the globe to see, during sunset time, the Jacobite steam train running in the railway. Experience this will instantly transport you back in time into the Victorian Era where steam trains were the standard.
Places featured in this album
- Old Man of Storr
- The Quiraing
- Eilean Donan Castle
- Talisker Bay beach
- Sligachan river and Cullin mountain range
- Nest Point
- Glenfinnan Viaduct/Hogwarts Express bridge
What to bring and recommended equipment
- Any camera, with a preference for DSLR camera
- A tripod is a must have in Scotland for 2 major facts: conditions can be very windy and it may be easy to miss the shot. Also, due to the abondance of rivers, beaches and lakes, long exposure may be a common way to take photo. Of course, a remote release will be usefull with a tripod
- A wide angle lens like 14-24mm or 16-35mm will suits the best lens for landscape scenery. Especially around beaches or mountains to compose easily your shot
- I would recommend a standard zoom equivalent to 24-70mm. This kind of mid-range zoom can be use in many situations and be very versatil to highlight some locations
- I would also recommend a telezoom like 70-200mm or longer zoom. Mountains always offers endless composition possibilities, with this kind of zoom you will be able to isolate elements of the landscape. But also because of wildlife in Isle of Skye is very diversifien you will be able to capture scene with a longer zoom
My setup used for this collection
- Nikon D750
- Benro TMA28C + B2 ballhead
- Sigma 14-24mm F/2.8
- Tamron 24-70mm F/2.8
- Tamron 100-400mm F/4.5-6.5
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