Aside from the magnificent mountains, tumbling rivers, colourful rugged moor land, rich sea-lochs, intricate coast, and bountiful wildlife, the elements that make such a unique outdoor experience are, its climate, light, weather and evening skies. That these ever-changing elements are an endless source of conversation is unsurprising.
Skye & Lochalsh lies on the latitude 57degrees north, along with Moscow and Hudson Bay, places ice-bound for much of the year. Fortunately, the Gulfstream tempers our climate bringing changing weather light, and drama throughout the seasons. An endless topic of comment, the weather's variety will never disappoint. One short day can witness a tranquil morning sunrise burst over the mountains, shortly later bringing wild south westerly wind to blow waterfalls uphill capturing misty rainbows in their flight. Weather abating by evening sees the sliding of an enormous red fiery sun into an oily calm purple sea on the north westerly horizon. The locals say, "if you don't like the weather, wait 5 minutes".
Our northern latitude also brings dramatically changing daylight hours through the seasons. Although winter evening darkness is not so dramatically different from the rest of Britain, the endless summer light is magical. Summer evenings stretch into the wee hours of the morning, encouraging you to sit in the twilight and simply enjoy it. Visitors are amazed by the truth in the fact that you can read outside at midnight in June!
Gaze skywards when stepping into the cool evening air after a ceilidh, to find the canopy of glittering stars in their infinite dark horizon utterly captivating.
Those lucky to witness the aurora borealis or 'northern lights' will quite simply be mesmerised. Great swathes of light emblazon the sky as shimmering luminescence ripples from one horizon, through 180 degrees to the other, while vibrant stabbing beams like searchlights wing through the darkness. A breathtaking gift you will treasure forever.
Skye and Lochalsh is a place whose pace and ambience enables you to create a dynamic memory, from moments and often intangible elements found nowhere else, making any trip a simply magical experience... unforgettable.