To get to Neist Point, you wend your way to the far backside of the island and the last 4-10 miles (sorry, I'm bad at estimating) are on a one-lane road. You need to keep a sharp eye for oncoming traffic around the sharp curves and pull off at one of the many turnouts. When you arrive, you can either go to the left and down a steep path to the path you see in the above photo and do about an hour roundtrip hike out to the lighthouse. You go down steeply, up shallowly (the main visible part of path in above photo) and then down again to the lighthouse. However, the views on that path are not the greatest. The best views are going off to the right along the ridge and up slightly. That's where the above photo was taken.
You may have noticed the somewhat odd naming of these last two posts: Foggy Scottish Highlands and Bright Scottish Highlands. That's because while these posts cover many of the same areas, they're just dramatically different depending on the weather! If I go back to the Scottish Highlands to do solely photography, I will definitely take 3-4 days in Isle of Skye, 3-4 days in the Glencoe area, etc to allow the weather to change a bit. As it was, we did get a nice variety of weather despite rushing through both the Isle of Skye and Glencoe areas in 2 days.
One thing to be aware of is to budget a bit more time than Google Maps says for driving on Isle of Skye (in particular, but really anywhere in the UK). The roads are extremely narrow and windy and there are large numbers of tourists in high season, so progress will often be frustratingly slow.
All of these photos, except the first two taken at Neist Point and this last one (taken in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs) were taken along the A82/A87 in the Glencoe, Fort William, Isle of Skye area.
This post is part of a series of posts about my family's British Isles trip in July/August of 2016. My parents and four siblings joined me as we went from London to Dublin and everywhere in between in 2.5 weeks. Here's our itinerary:
- London (England)
- Stonehenge (England)
- Oxford (England)
- Bibury, Cotswolds (England)
- Peak District (England)
- Chatsworth House (Peak District, England)
- Yorkshire and Staithes (England)
- Foggy Scottish Highlands (Scotland)
- Bright Scottish Highlands (Scotland)
- Kilts & Bagpipes (Scotland)
- Edinburgh (Scotland)
- Northern Ireland
- Waterford/Dunmore East (Ireland)
- Western Ireland and the Cliffs of Moher (Ireland)
- Dublin (Ireland)