Day 18 - Isle of Skye

November 30, 2009 | Leave your thoughts

Day 18_01 Summary
A day when I didn’t have to go anywhere if I didn’t want to…

Just enjoying being on the Isle of Skye – a day when I was planning to try to take it easy, but ended up doing more and driving more than I should have. Still it was a great day and the last solo day of my trip – from this point onward I would be surrounded by dear friends!
Day 18_02 Museum and Castle
First thing was going to a wee folk museum, a quick wander a quick sketch and then a ruined castle. Both of which I had been to before in 2000. Must be time for a cuppa next?
Day 18_03 Staffin Morning Tea
Taking the advice of some locals I went to a café with a view and a good scone and tried to really slow down and take it easy for a while….
Day 18_04 Lunch with a Cuillin View
And then to slow down even more I then progressed to a nice place for lunch – pity that clouds prevented me from seeing much of the Cullins! I could quite make this sketch do what I want it to do – far more at home with buildings than I am with landscapes so it was good to try something different.
Day 18_05 Cuppa and Castle
Then I slowed down even more (for me!) and had a cup of tea and drew the tartan rug.

Ok enough of this lazing around – lets go and find a building to sketch – and a castle would really hit the spot even more.

I had not been to Dunvegan Castle before (though had driven past it) as it was late in the day, I got a garden ticket only – for me a exterior sketch was worth more than tiring myself out going through room after room.
Day 18_06 Dunvegan Midge Attack
The front façade of the building was great and I set myself up for a decent sketch. After all that relaxing I was rearing to go… but disaster struck – I was attacked by MIDGES!!

There was no way that I could continue so I left it in this state – adding the colour when I got back to my B&B.
Day 18_07 Dunvegan Take 2
After wandering around the garden and taking a few photos, I sat down at the wharf and tried a sketch from the other side. Thankfully midge free. Lovely and peaceful and it was lovely to have had no rain after the terrible weather the day (weeks) before.
Day 18_08 Room with a View
To finish off my ‘quiet’ day with my 8th double spread I sketched the view out of the window of my B&B room. I love the subtle colours in the Scottish landscape – the heather was in its last stages and the typical scatter of white houses completes the scene for me!

BTW I was staying in the most wonderful B&B


Typical Evening activity
I was too tired to go out for dinner so instead I stayed in and survived on cream cheese and oatcakes for dinner and worked hard on catching up of pages in my sketchbook.

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