The Cuillins from Elgol

The other week, David Oakes posted an image on his blog of the Cuillin hills as seen across Loch Scavaig here, which prompted me to go hunting for an image I took when we visited the island of Skye nearly 20 years ago. Finally found it today, and scanned it in.

I recall it was a wet and windy day, and the scene was rather ‘grey’…but here it is.

This view of the Cuillin hills from the little village of  Elgol is, apparently, the best on Skye. From there we took a boat across to Loch Coruisk at the foot of the Cuillins (my post earlier today was from there, but the lake is hidden in that image).


  1. This is glorious, Sue! My kind of view. I’ve never been to Skye or Mull. 😦

  2. What a moody and well-balanced photo. Each layer is so different. One place I meant to visit from Warsaw.

    • Sue

      Thank you, Meg…. And a visit from Warsaw seems a crazy long way, but for you it would be no distance! I have just no concept of the vast Australian distances!

  3. Love Skye, you have capture the raw beauty 🙂

    • Sue

      Many thanks, Lynn! Years since I visited, and a long time since I have looked at some of these images. All slides, no digital for me then, but now I can scan the images I have found that I can tweak them a bit and get more drama!

      • Its a wonderful way of recording them Sue. I was thinking of taking photos of old photos and tweaking them, could be a lot of fun:) So will you be scanning more then your two Skye ones.

      • Sue

        I shall probably scan a few more from that Scotland trip, but only sporadically….it takes yonks. I also have others that I want to look at…so what takes precedence?!

      • Yes I know what you mean…I just found a few more cards that I had forgotten about, with a few thousand on each….they will have to wait ha ha a few more years the rate I am going 🙂

      • Sue

        Oh, goodness! I never keep stuff on cards, it goes straight onto two hard drives…. Good luck!!

      • Oh yes they go on hard drives, but these two never got that far 🙂

  4. Such sharp details. Goes with the greys.

  5. Wild country and so remote from the hustle and bustle from the big cities! Could have been taken in the Canadian wilderness. Great shot! Sue!

  6. I love the low cloud and stony foreground. I have been all round Scotland, but never to the islands. (Bad sailor!)
    Best wishes, Pete.

  7. It is good to look back at earlier captures. We forget how things can change. I see the tide was out at Elgol. We never got a boat trip, the weather had made a sudden highland change as it can, so the boatman decided discretion was for the best ….passengers on one of the returning boats look rather relieved to be back on shore. Have fun scanning some more 🙂

  8. Scotland is stunning, but after reading the comments perhaps I should stick to the mainland.

    • Sue

      The Cuillins are notoriously dark and mysterious, but you can see plenty of gentler stuff on Skye…I thoroughly recommend it. Do go, Jude!

  9. Oh, Skye and skies!

  10. That is beautiful country!

  11. What a fantastic view that is. Those mountains look quite formidable but majestic too.

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