Up in the glorious Skye

Oh boy!  Internet is very hit and miss here- mostly miss.  I apologize for not keeping up at all with anyone at this time but will when I return. Thank you, everyone, for your comments and I will try to reply. While I have the access I will try to post some of the pics I have and hope I am not cut off half way.

As well as a Pictish, Celtic and Gaelic heritage ( of the Dalriada kingdoms), Skye has a strong Viking history as many of the names here indicate- such as the lochs of Snizort and Pooltiel, communities like Carbost and Skeabost, (bost means farm in Norse) and Duirinish (Deer Parish).  The firths of Scotland take their name from the Norse word “fjord.” The clan MacLeod which includes my grandmother’s family are thought to be the descendants of a Norse chieftain named Leod, and the MacLeod’s of Skye built Dunvegan Castle.

the viking settlement of

the viking settlement of Duirinish and site of an old church Cille Mhuire or St. Mary

There is a much older Pictish stone visible on the distant hill.

Cille means cell in Gaelic so Mary’s cell is the meaning of Cille Mhuire. The early missionaries built small, cell like monastic dwellings and churches.

Scotland is the land of the standing stones and – sheep!

The Land of the Standing Stones by Paul Anderson

sheeps!!as one Italian tourist exclaimed- “Sheeps everywhere!” and indeed-  walking down the roads, crossing the roads, lying in the roads!!






pictish stone

Pictish stone

Cliffs, beaches and craggy mountains. pictish and standing stones, St. Columba’s island and a 6th century graveyard, castles, even hadrosaur footprints in the sand at Staffin (which I could not find!)- Skye is rich in ancient history and of course not least- the fairies. The Story of the Fairy Flag of Dunvegan is here

standing stones

standing stones on Loch Snizort


Pictish Duirinish Stone above the Viking settlement

Pictish Duirinish Stone above the Viking settlement

St. Columba was one of the first missionaries to preach the gospel in Ireland and Scotland. He converted many of the Picts to Christianity. This island still bears the stones of an ancient church and grave yard from the 6th century.

St. Columba's island

St. Columba’s island and an ancient grave site

Please view these in display for the full effect

The Fairy Pools

And of course we must never forget the fairy pools in Glen Brittle. I must have displeased the Sidhe because I took a tumble and injured my knee-(fine now) so didn’t take as many pics as I would have liked. The longer exposures were hand held and a tad shaky I think.

road to the fairy pools2ab


More Images Here