Walk date: April, 2022
My first week on the Isle of Skye was spent in a cottage in Lower Milovaig in Glendale right on the western tip. The last 30 minutes to an hour of the journey (depending on traffic) took place on single-lane roads dotted with pull-in places. Light pollution was at a minimum, and stars as well as passing ship lights were visible at night. If there had been enough rain, a waterfall could be seen from the garden.
A short drive to the other side of this headland was Niest Point lighthouse. The views just from the side of the road were stunning.
The lighthouse itself was a 30-minute walk down a steep stairway, followed by climbing the opposite bank. On the other side of an up jutting shelf of land, Niest Point stood against a stormy sky and choppy waters.
Active since 1909, the building looks different from other lighthouses I’ve seen. A short, squat complex surrounds a relatively short tower. A rusted, red foghorn stands on its own pointing out to sea. After a brief squall, the sun came out once more showing off the dazzling blue of the sea, and the white foam of the waves.
I swapped to my VR lens once I had reached the crane shown in the last image above, so the VR images are in a different order, starting at the crane, back up to the lighthouse, before heading back towards where I started. Please click the image below to enjoy the VR experience: