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posted by [personal profile] curiouswombat at 07:02pm on 25/08/2005 under
Here are the first of my scenic pictures of Skye.

My friend lives in a village called Broadford in the east of Skye - it is the second largest settlement on the island - it has a not very big supermarket, a tiny general store, a garage/gift shop, a post office/gift shop, at least four art galleries, a jewellers and a number of other small shops. As you can tell from that description, they get a lot of visitors - hence all the gift shops and art galleries! These three photos show three views of Broadford.

This first picture is the view out of my bedroom window looking south-westish I think!

From the bedroom window at Rubina

This second picture is the view from the sitting room window – looking out over Beinn na Caillich – The Old Woman’s Hill. I find the Scottish Gaelic names interesting – they are so similar to Manx gaelic, but not quite the same - in Manx it would be Bhen ny Callaigh (I think that is spelled correctly – [ profile] handrejka will correct me if I’m wrong!)

From the garden room window at Rubina

And the third picture is the view from the recycling bins – honestly! This has got to be the recycling area with the best view in the British Isles! It looks across Broadford bay to mainland Scotland – northish I think, but I don’t have a very good sense of direction!

View from the recycling bins, Broadford.

I might post some more of the scenic pictures later tonight, otherwise tomorrow.
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posted by [identity profile] at 06:32pm on 25/08/2005
Mmmmmm, glaciated topography...

Julia, my kinks are strange, but they are my own
posted by [identity profile] at 07:12pm on 25/08/2005
If this one is strange at least you are not alone! I found myself going Wow - corry-cwm-or-tarn (I know - corry, because Scotland, but I always think of it as a single word!)! U shaped valley! Drumlins! Hanging valley! Etc. etc. and so forth!!
posted by [identity profile] at 10:11pm on 25/08/2005
I was really struck by how much Beinn na Caillich looks like Mt. (argh- can't remember the name- starts with an M!) on Saltspring Island BC. Very similar intersection of two glacial advances resulting in one side rounded and the other cut.

Julia, now I'll drive myself spare trying to remember the name of the Mountain, because the large scale map is in the car!
posted by [identity profile] at 06:40pm on 25/08/2005
Excellent pictures and very pretty scenery!
posted by [identity profile] at 07:22pm on 25/08/2005
Thank you!
posted by [identity profile] at 06:54pm on 25/08/2005
These are gorgeous, and more important the weather looked great! :)
Re your last comment, when I was there half the island was full of English people playing golf. hence all the gift shops and art galleries! Filled to the rafters in Portree too.
Thanks for sharing!
posted by [identity profile] at 07:23pm on 25/08/2005
The weather had its ups and downs! The day we went to Portree it was full of very soggy people!
posted by [identity profile] at 06:58pm on 25/08/2005
Is Callaigh the 'old woman' bit of that?
posted by [identity profile] at 07:17pm on 25/08/2005
Yep - as in Caillagh ny pishag - old woman of spells - witch.

Hey - that's almost you!! If you see what I mean?
posted by [identity profile] at 07:25pm on 25/08/2005
I'm not old though.

I knew all that reading of mythology would come in useful!
posted by [identity profile] at 07:36pm on 25/08/2005
I'm not old though.

I don't know a phrase for a young witch - old seemed to be part of the job description - like Nanny, Granny, Gramma etc.!!
posted by [identity profile] at 08:08pm on 25/08/2005
There was Agnes Nitt.
posted by [identity profile] at 09:19pm on 25/08/2005
The 'maiden' option! I don't know the Manx for maiden - I will have to look it up sometime! Then you could be a manx-for-maiden ny pishag! Although being 'the maiden' does have pretty strict entry requirements...!
posted by [identity profile] at 10:06pm on 25/08/2005
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posted by [identity profile] at 07:01pm on 25/08/2005
How picturesque! It reminds me of Bergen which we visited again this year (having lived there for a couple of years some time ago). I love mountains!
posted by [identity profile] at 07:26pm on 25/08/2005
I've never been to Norway, although a distant cousin lived in 'Stord per Bergen' when I was younger - possibly she still does - it was just such a nice address that I've remembered it! Skye does mountains in a big way for such a small place - more mountains in the next set of pics!
posted by (anonymous) at 07:15pm on 25/08/2005
Ooh, lovely pictures. I especially like the one from the recycling area - our nearest one is just on a grubby roundabout.
posted by [identity profile] at 07:27pm on 25/08/2005
Yes - it would make you more inclined to go, one like this wouldn't it? Our nearest is in a supermarket car park - much less scenic!
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posted by [personal profile] quinara at 07:28pm on 25/08/2005
Sorry! I forgot to log in...I've been doing that a lot recently...
posted by [identity profile] at 07:39pm on 25/08/2005
And there were lots of sheep!

I went with my friend to a croft to get her eggs, and the lady - who had moved to Skye because it has more happening on it than Uist(!) - clipped her own sheep by hand, which seemed a bit too much like wrestling to my mind! Sadly they just throw the wool away - there is no longer any market for it.
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posted by [personal profile] quinara at 08:18pm on 25/08/2005
Hooray! (Icon!Sheep say "Baa!", by the way)

It's a shame about the wool, isn't it? I spoke to a farmer in Wales, and he said that it's more expensive to process the wool than it is to buy - pretty much all the wool in the UK comes from imports.
posted by [identity profile] at 07:38pm on 25/08/2005
Lovely pics! Skye looks beautiful. :)
posted by [identity profile] at 07:41pm on 25/08/2005
It's very impressive - a new view around every corner - you get a bit 'oh it's just another beautiful mountain' after a while!!
posted by [identity profile] at 07:49pm on 25/08/2005
Those are great. Beautiful skys and interesting mountains and shores. Everyone's snaps are making me all nostalgic for a vacation of my own. Thanks for sharing.
posted by [identity profile] at 09:21pm on 25/08/2005
Ah - and there are more! I'll put the big one of this, hastily made, icon up sometime!
posted by [identity profile] at 07:50pm on 25/08/2005
Mm, that last one's gorgeous. Between you and [ profile] elisi I've seen some great land- and sea-scapes lately!
posted by [identity profile] at 09:22pm on 25/08/2005
It's impressive how beautiful the British Isles can be isn't it?
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posted by [identity profile] at 09:23pm on 25/08/2005
No - it is a very Illyria colour! And your recycling facility sounds even more impressive than this one!
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posted by [personal profile] jerusha at 09:57pm on 25/08/2005
Absolutely gorgeous.
posted by [identity profile] at 10:07pm on 25/08/2005
Thank you - I'm just going to put a few more onto photobucket ready to post.
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posted by [personal profile] jerusha at 10:10pm on 25/08/2005
I'll have to check them out later. I'm actually going out (!) tonight. :)
posted by [identity profile] at 07:40am on 26/08/2005
Hope you had a lovely time :~>
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posted by [personal profile] jerusha at 12:58pm on 26/08/2005
It was very lovely. I went to dinner and a movie with my roommate and a couple ladies she works with. We all had a lot of fun.
posted by [identity profile] at 10:03pm on 25/08/2005
Great pics, especially the last one. Looks absolutely stunning.
posted by [identity profile] at 10:08pm on 25/08/2005
Thank - it was very impressive - I can see why D prefers it to Watford!!
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posted by [personal profile] kathyh at 10:10pm on 25/08/2005
Gorgeous pictures. We were on Skye about 6 years ago so these made me very nostalgic, though it looks as if you had better weather (not that ours was bad, it just mixed).
posted by [identity profile] at 07:43am on 26/08/2005
The weather was very mixed - these three were all taken on the same bright day, but there were damp days, and one downright wet one. I felt very sorry for those brave (?mad) souls who were touring on bicycles - they looked very soggy that day!
posted by [identity profile] at 01:50am on 26/08/2005
wow. I wanna go there! *pouts*
posted by [identity profile] at 07:46am on 26/08/2005
It is a lovely place. The next set have mountains - Skye does mountains in a big way!
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posted by [identity profile] at 04:27am on 26/08/2005
Beautiful! Thank you so very much for posting these. I wasn't able to get away this year (RL health problems), so these pics are a marvelous vicarious way for me to get some time away.

thanks again.
posted by [identity profile] at 07:48am on 26/08/2005
It's my pleasure - I am so glad that all of us who are putting holiday pics on our LJs are brightening people's days and not just boring you all to tears!!

Hope the health problems are being sorted.
posted by [identity profile] at 02:23am on 27/08/2005
Huh? This is Scotland! Where's the rain? And the grey clouds?

Looks lovely, pet! Off to check out posts 3 & 4.
posted by [identity profile] at 09:54am on 27/08/2005
The rain and the grey clouds were around! As you'll have seen, as I know you have looked at the others as well. On the Wednesday it persisted down all day - sad cyclists wrapped in plastic still pedalled wearily through vertical water - and I knew for sure that I would never, ever have a cycling holiday....anywhere!


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