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Isle of Rassay, Scotland by Michaela McGuirke

Like many people that visited Isle of Skye, I have a deep love for the island, the landscape and its local people. So much so, that I got married on the shores of Loch Coruisk in Agust during hailstorm.

I used to live in Chicago for nearly 15 years and local people would say, if you don't like the weather, wait 20 minutes. It's only now, that I have visited Isle of Skye over and over again, I realise that that comment doesn't belong to Chicago, but to Skye.

On the day this photo was taken, we knew the weather was supposed to be poor on Skye, so I suggested to my travelling company to take the twenty minute ferry from Sconser and visit Isle of Rassay instead. And what a great idea that was! Firstly, we parked by the Rassay House, which you can see in the foreground and then walked to the only road that is directly behind the house. In January, there was no traffic or people around and we soon walk up to the famous Pictish stone. From there we climbed the hill, following the footpath. It's times like these, when I wish I had a mirorless camera instead of a heave DSLR but so far, I have not got well with one yet.

After climbing the hill we were rewarded by this amazing view on Skye. After I have taken sufficient amount of photographs due to the sky constantly opening to release a random rays of sunlight, we have walked back until we reached the new Rassay whisky distillery. We have warmed up with a cuppa and I couldn't pass on a great carrot cake. Finally, we jumped in the car, and drove back towards the road with the Pictish stone, following the road until the end. We couldn't leave the island without seeing the famous Calum's road, built by Malcom Macleod. He spent 10 years single-handedly constructing the 2 mile road using just pick axe, shovel and a wheelbarrow. Two miles might not sound like a lot to you, until you have driven it, the incredibly steep climbs and descents. If you get the chance to visit the island, do not think twice! It's a beautiful place and you might just the escape poor weather like us.


Camera Nikon D600
Lens Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 G2
Aperture f/14
S/S 1/25sec
ISO 50
Additional Notes Vanguard Alta Pro 263AGH tripod
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Michaela McGuirke

I have lived in Prague, Chicago and the U.K., I am passionate about photography, travelling and a good food.

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