Loch Slapin, Isle of Skye

Loch Slapin on the Isle of Skye, Scotland, is an exquisite place to escape from it all. We suggest exploring the coastline around dusk to be able to enjoy the tranquility and beauty of this area of the Island.

Bla Bheinn and Clach Glas mountains on the opposite side of Loch Slapin

Loch Slapin, an ideal retreat

The sun slipping behind the mountains, across from Loch Slapin

This lovely view is just a short drive from the ruins of Cill Chriosd, on the road from Broadford village to Elgol.

Cill Chriosd (Christ’s Church or “Kilchrist”), Isle of Skye

Cill Chriosd or Kilchrist meaning Christ’s Church is a ruined pre-Reformation parish church of Strathaird, Isle of Skye, Scotland. The first written record of the church located at this site is from 1505 when Kenneth Adamson succeeded John MacGillivray as chaplain. The parish was used by the community until 1840 when a new building was established in the near-by town of Broadford.

The path leading up to Cill Chriosd

These ruins are so very quiet and calm, the only noise that one will hear is the bahs of lambs calling to their moms.

The ruins are located next to a single-track road, surrounded by the omnipresent sheep.

To enter the ruins, one passes through a small iron gate that is often left open, as can be seen by the neatly trimmed grass, a hallmark of the free-range sheep of the area.

Iron gate leading to the ruins of Cill Chriosd

Here you can see the meticulously maintained grass, thanks to the sheep

Sheep are not the only visitors to the ruins, this bird watched us while we explored the grounds

Bird taking flight from the ruins

We loved the way this tree has become part of the ruins

Looking towards the burial enclosure

East end of Cill Chriosd,showing the burial enclosure

The burial enclosure of the parish looking toward Beinn na Caillich (Red Hills)

Looking through the entrance to the burial enclosure up to Beinn na Caillich

The Red Hills and the sheep add a comforting and strangely desolate feeling to these ruins.

Cill Chriosd, solemn and serene

This little lamb was perfectly at home in the shadows of the ruins of Cill Chriosd

Cill Chriosd is an understated attraction, the only reason that we stumbled upon it was because we were staying just a few minutes up the road from it at Swordale House, a delightful bed and breakfast that I would recommend to anyone staying on the Isle of Skye.

This picture was taken from just outside the ruins, the building in the distance is Swordale House

While Cill Chriosd does not offer the most spectacular of ruins, it is an impressive monument to hundreds of years of religious island life. You will not have to fight the crowds to explore this wonderful site, so be sure to stop by.

Cill Chriosd is about two miles from Broadford village on the B8083 road to Elgol.

Neist Point, Isle of Skye

Neist Point is one of the many wonderful places to visit on the Isle of Skye, Scotland. Many travel to Neist Point to view the lighthouse, but I suggest that the best part of this trip was absorbing the beauty of the region.

Neist Point Lighthouse perched a top the cliff

When standing on the cliffs looking out over the ocean I was struck with the feeling of being at the edge of the world.

Panorama of Neist Point, click on this image (and all the overs) to enlarge

Perhaps, my favorite part of the Isle of Skye was the ever-present sheep that seemed able to navigate every type of terrain that the island had to offer. The tiny white specs in the grass are sheep.

Sheep, they go everywhere

The clouds on the grassy cliffs add another layer to this awesome landscape, also sheep

We were always surprised with how a short walk would reveal a new and beautiful perspective.

A new perspective grants new photographic opportunities

The enormity of the landscape is always a welcome surprise

The more subtle features of the area can be just as dramatic as the showy ones. On the drive to Neist Point you will pass Loch Mor, a lake that seems to float in the cradle of the surrounding hills.

Loch Mor, on the way to Neist Point

We always try to visit the more dramatic locations when the sun is rather low in the sky, the lighting is just more magical and grants the photographs some of that wonder that we experienced while taking the photographs.

A perfect end to a long day, at Neist Point




Lost and Found on the Isle of Skye

While exploring the Highlands of Scotland I stayed for a time on the Isle of Skye.

Skye is a beautiful island that seems like the setting for a fairy tale; in fact, I believe I unwittingly stumbled upon just that.

On my way down to Talisker Bay,

I stumbled upon a soft mound of fluff. I could not figure out what the fuzzy stuff was for and why it had been abandoned in this desolate place.

I thought perhaps I could make use of it, it would make an excellent hat or wig, but then again it was not mine, I had no right to keep it.

Thus, I set out to find the local lost and found, without any luck.

Discouraged, I sat in the field wondering who could have lost this wooly fluff and how could I find them?

Then it struck me, this field was full of sheep! Big white fluffy sheep, perhaps one of them had misplaced part of his sweater.

I found the half-naked sheep who had misplaced some of his wardrobe.

When I informed him that I had found his missing sweater he was so elated…

That he rolled all the way down the hill to collect his lost fluff.

Once he had donned his duds he was very pleased with himself.

And there you have it, the sheep and his sweater, a modern fairy tale.