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Brilliant! Brilliant! Brilliant!

WHAT WAS SO brilliant? The five-day camping and hillwalking trip my Wingman and I have just returned from! Eilean a' Cheo (the Misty Isle), better known as the Isle of Skye, was our destination but she certainly didn't live up to her romantic Gaelic name for it was wall-to-wall sunshine for all but one of the days we were there.

I have been to Skye many times but always on vacation with Mrs Kasman so I have never actually climbed anything. My Wingman has never been to Skye and I was looking forward to showing him some of the places on my 'to-do' list.

As it happened injuries to both of us prevented our attempting any of the spectacular (but quite difficult) MUNROS on the island (not a good idea when suffering from heel pain (me) and a pulled muscle (him)) so we had to content ourselves with low-level but still incredibly scenic and breathtaking walks even though none of them were more than four miles long.

Normally we would WILD CAMP but this time we chose (actually, I insisted - old-age is catching up with me!) an organised campsite with all facilities - and a hotel just across the road which served food all day and had a bar stocked with a good selection of malt whiskies!

To whet your appetite for more (see my Scotland blog over the coming weeks) here is a photograph of the view from our campsite:

Cuillin View by BillKasman, on Flickr
" Cuillin View " ( CC BY 2.0 ) by BillKasman
This is more or less the view we had looking out from our tent. The mountains you can see are most of the main ridge of the Black Cuillin and they are the reason so many climbers and walkers come to Skye. Spectacular, but strenuous to climb, and difficult to navigate on if it happens to be misty because much of the rock which makes up the Black Cuillin is rich in iron and will deflect a compass needle to the point that you can't rely on it to tell which is up never mind which way is north!
Even though we didn't get to climb anything of note we did find some very scenic routes and I took well over 300 photographs as well as some video which will be making its public appearance in due course!

Image Credit » Kasman

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lookatdesktop wrote on June 4, 2016, 1:19 AM

Some view. Indeed a wide open area.

BarbRad wrote on June 4, 2016, 5:52 AM

I don't think I'd get far beyond that beautiful campsite. I'm green with envy.

MegL wrote on June 5, 2016, 6:19 AM

Beautiful. You were about 100 miles North of us, so you had the same weather as us. We have just had our summer! One week of beautiful sunshine. We may get a bit more today but at least we have seen SOME summer this year. Were there midgies on Skye? And now you have also answered a question for me! Thomas the tank engine got lost on Misty Isle in one of his adventures. I think I know where Misty Isle is now! emoticon :grin:

Kasman wrote on June 5, 2016, 8:11 AM

There was a stiff breeze blowing for our time on Skye and even though it's really a bit early for midges there were still a few flitting about when the wind slackened off for a bit. Luckily, neither of us were bitten but from previous experience I know that Skye is midge hell at the height of the season!

VinceSummers wrote on September 24, 2016, 8:37 AM

It must be nice to be able to take an athletic hike. My idea of a hike is a walk through the grocery store.