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Magic in the Highlands: My First Impressions of Skye

May 28


As I gazed out at the Atlantic Ocean, the frigid wind and rain blowing so hard against my face I could barely open my eyes, a huge smile spread across my face.

I had finally made it to the mystical Isle of Skye; a place so staggeringly beautiful its rock pinnacles and mountain ranges are said to have been formed by mythical creatures.

Wild scenery is the norm here, from striking sea cliffs to windswept valleys, glistening lochs and black sand beaches. The landscape is extreme and diverse, and it seemed almost otherworldly at times.

Relentless rolling fog and low-hanging mist created an air of mystery, and I began to understand why the island is associated with folklore, spirits, and legends. With castles and fairy pools, many parts of Skye look like a fairytale come to life; a place where you could almost imagine giants and fairies roaming about.

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My visit to the Isle of Skye was a literal – and figurative – breath of fresh air. It was the first time I had been in an awe-inspiring natural setting, surrounded by raw, rugged beauty and unspoiled landscapes in a long while, and I felt an overwhelming sense of calm while I was there.

I carried the serenity and solace back with me to Edinburgh, and as the familiar facades of the city that I’ve come to love so dearly started to come into view, I realized my mind was still preoccupied with the vistas of Skye. The misty air and salty ocean breeze lingered on my damp clothes, and images of cascading waterfalls and craggy mountains danced through my head.

A week after visiting, Skye remains vividly in the back of my mind. This isle shrouded in mystery and magic still calls to me, and it’s a place I won’t soon forget.

Have you been to the Isle of Skye? Or anywhere else that seems to exude a sense of magic?


  • Reply ashleymcinulty May 28 at 3:50 pm

    Love this, Ash! I’m hoping to go this summer so will need to get all the information from you 🙂 x

  • Reply ashleywanders May 29 at 5:17 am

    Thanks, Ash! 🙂 So exciting that you’re going this summer! I will definitely give you some info!

  • Reply Valerie May 30 at 5:11 am

    I have yet to go to the Highlands but it looks so beautiful! To me there really is something about Scotland, I’d love to go on some kind of road trip there to see the Loch Ness, some of the castles, lakes and islands. It looks incredible <3 xx

    • Reply ashleywanders May 31 at 12:02 pm

      The scenery is so beautiful! I’d love to do a longer road trip as well – there’s still so much more to see!

  • Reply unfinishedtravel May 30 at 10:58 pm

    The scenery looks beautiful. I’d love to go someday!

    • Reply ashleywanders May 31 at 12:04 pm

      The scenery is breathtaking – I’m sure you’d love it!

  • Reply Camille May 31 at 5:53 am

    I have a thing for islands so to me they’re all a bit magical 🙂 I’d heard about the beauty of Skye before – it looks stunning, but that weather, ugh!

    • Reply ashleywanders May 31 at 12:13 pm

      I know – the weather was pretty horrendous, but the beautiful scenery made up for it!

  • Reply Amanda Jun 03 at 4:31 pm

    Ahh it looks beautiful! Can’t wait to read more on Scotland!

    • Reply ashleywanders Jun 04 at 4:27 am

      It is such a stunning place! I’m glad you’re looking forward to more Scotland posts, Amanda 🙂

  • Reply roamingpursuits Aug 03 at 5:08 am

    Fantastic views.

    • Reply ashleywanders Aug 03 at 8:51 am

      They are fantastic views indeed 🙂

  • Reply Marni Aug 14 at 2:32 pm

    The Isle of Skye is one my dream destinations, and your pictures are amazing! Its beauty is haunting.

    • Reply ashleywanders Aug 17 at 6:48 pm

      Thanks so much! It is such a beautiful place. Hopefully you’ll have the chance to see it when you visit Scotland next year!

  • Reply Crystal Feb 23 at 12:38 am

    I stayed on the Isle of Skye about 12 years ago and it still lingers in my mind as the most hauntingly beautiful place I’ve ever been.

    • Reply ashleywanders Feb 23 at 3:51 pm

      That doesn’t surprise me in the slightest! It’s definitely one of those places that will stay with you long after you’ve left.

  • Reply Anne Aug 17 at 4:59 pm

    Haven’t been to the Isle of Skye yet, but Isle of Man exudes a calming magic. There’s a serenity in the land I’ve never felt anywhere else. It’s a wonder.

    • Reply ashleywanders Aug 21 at 6:22 pm

      I’ve heard great things about Isle of Man, but I haven’t been! Definitely sounds similar to Skye’s enchanting vibe.

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