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Although Skye is now easily accessible from the mainland via the Skye Bridge it is still a perfect place to escape the stresses of the modern world. Ever since Bonnie Prince Charlie fled over the sea to Skye it has attracted romantics and is home to numerous artiists. They are inspired by its ever changing weather and scenery which make Skye a paradise for photographers - from the wild landscape of the jagged Cuillins and the rugged Trotternish Peninsula, to the seascapes and views to the mainland and the distant Hebrides.

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The shoreline is ablaze with gorse flowers in this panoramic view over Broadford Bay towards Loch Carron and the mountains beyond Plockton on the Scottish mainland. The low island on the left is Pabay and the rounded mountains beyond are those above Applecross in Wester Ross.

A north wind is blowing storm clouds over the Cuillins where they have deposited a dusting of snow despite this being the middle of May. Electricity pylons stretch over the bleak landscape from Glen Arroch, westwards towards Broadford and the Red Cuillins, The dominant peak, rising above the town is Beinn na Caillich.

Pam Carter

" My main inspiration is in Scottish land and seascapes. I enjoy using colour to define contours, structure, and changing light sequences. I search out specific view points. I am equally inspired by the changing light sequences of the Western Isles and the dramatic view points of the Eastern coastline. I work predominantly in oil." - Pam Carter

If you are fascinated by the landscapes of Skye and Western Isles you may also be interested in the exceptional work of the Scottish landscape artict Pam Cater. Her beautiful style perfectly captures the surreal blue sea, ever changing atmosphere, rocky mountains, white beaches and desolate landscapes. Check out her fascinating new website:

Paintings by Pam Carter: Left to Right, Top to Bottom:

Call of the Cuillins (Skye)

Western Isles II - Cockle Strand (Barra)

Cottages Balevullin Bay (Tiree)

Red on the Cuillin (Skye)

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A view north from the hamlet of Tarskavaig on the west side of the Sleat peninsula to the jagged skyline of the Black Cuillins. Sleat is often referred to as the garden of Skye, though it is the sheltered eastern side that is green and wooded and not this rugged western shoreline.

Another view from Glen Arroch to Braodford, Broadford Bay and the Red Cuillin Mountains, Storm clouds swirl around Beinn na Caillich. To the right of the summit, in the background the rugged, snow dusted peaks of the Black Cuillins are beginning to appear. To the left is the Inner Sound which divides Skye from Raasay.

Images of the west and northern part of the Sleat peninsula. Top left is a view from the rocky beach of Tokavaig over the end of Loch Eishort ro the ragged Black Cuillins. To the right is the rambling hamlet of Tarskavaig with the rmore rounded contours of the Red Cuillins in the background. Botton left is a view from the hamlet of Ord over Loch Eishort to Loch Slapin and the classic skyline of the Black Cuillin mountains. Bottom right is Lower Breakish on the edge of Broadford Bay.

Top left is a former croft, or 'black house', restored and converted into upmarket holiday accommodation in the cillage of Luib on the shore of Loch Ainort. The view to the left is of sunshine and shadows over Loch Ainort, Luib and the Red Cuillins. The pictures below are of the ruined church and rather spooky graveyard of Cill Chriosd in Glen Suardal, near Broadford, A little railway once climbed the valley to the marble quarries near Torrin.

The Black Cuillins: Top left is a view over Loch Slapin to Blaven (Bla Bheinn). To the right the sun is breaking through the clouds piled up over the peaks. Lower left is the view over Loch Skavaig at Eigol to the rather angular Marsco. The peak rising on the right is Blaven. The final panorama of the Black Cuillins was taken from above Elgol with Loch Skavaig like a mirror beneath a cloudless Spring sky. The key peaks sre Gars-bleinn on the left, Squrr na Stri in the centre, then Marsco and Blaven, Fishing boats are anchored offshore while a trip boat from Loch Corusk is heading back across the loch towards Elgol.

View south-westwards from Elgol to the Island of Rhum, with Canna and Soay to the right. Once again the sea is unusually calm and there is barely a cloud in the sky. The shore comprises fascinating rock formations created by volcanic activity,

Sunset over Loch Scavaig and the Black Cuillin range; from the peaks of Gars-bleinn and Squrr Alasdair on the left through Squrr na Stri and Squrr Hain in the centre then the distinctive outline of Marsco.

The Old man of Storr, and the Trotternish Ridge appear from the clouds. Minutes earlier it has been completely engulfed in mist and cloud and there had been snow and then rain!
To the right is a view of the Museum of Village Life at Kilmuir on the north west end of the Trotternish Peninsula. Beyond, across the Minch clouds are gathering over the islands of Lewis and Harris in the Outer Hebrides. There are regular ferry crossings from Uig to the south, over to Stornoway,

Skye miscellany, from left to right: Low tide at Broadford bay - view from Harrapool to Broadford nestled under the shadow of Beinn na Caillich and the Red Cuillins; Kilmuir Cemetery on the Trotternish Peninsula - here you will find the monument and grave of Flora Macdonald, sweetheart of Bonnie Prince Charlie; Lobster pots at Elgol, with the peaks of Gars-bleinn and Squrr Alasdair rising in the background.


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