Abbey Meadows

Abbey Meadows

Sunday, 17 August 2008

Clear blue Skye

I've been in Scotland for the past couple of weeks. First at Linlithgow to my sister in law's wedding. A good day but the weather was a bit damp. From the 9th we have been stopping in a cottage on the isle of Skye. We left the nasty weather in central Scotland to be greeted with blue skies on Skye and that was the pattern for the rest of the week. When the sun shines this is one of the best places in the world to be.
Plenty of wildlife with sightings of Golden eagle(1) and Sea Eagle(3). Dozens of Raven and Buzzard and Twite all over the island including in the garden of the cottage. Plantlife was very good with lots of new plants. Scottish asphodel, Alpine mouse ear, Alpine Lady's mantle, Great and Round leaved sundew to name a few. The rocky mountainside was covered with Roseroot but the best plant of all was Iceland purslane only found on Skye and Mull in Britain and elsewhere on an island off west Greenland and the Southern tip of South America; a true glacial species.
The above pics are a view from the cottage of the Treshnish mountains, The Quiraing, kilt rock waterfall at Staffin cliffs, two views of the Old man of Storr, Raven, Hooded crow, Bog asphodel, Alpne Lady's mantle growing with Wild thyme, Mountain male fern, Beech fern and a view of the Cuillin's from Portree.


me ann my camera said...

Your Isle of Skye photos are very beautiful!

Kingsdowner said...

Quite gorgeous!

abbey meadows said...

Thanks for the comments. Skye is beautiful but it is more special when the weather is nice so we have been lucky.