Travel Photo – Isle of Skye, 1990

Isle of Skye, Scotland

A slightly vintage feel today – all black, white and grainy, as I remember a lively road trip in Scotland during a few unseasonably warm autumn days anno 1990.

I was there with a group of friends to celebrate a major birthday of my then young life. Driving along the Western coast, we spotted a sign for Caol Loch Aillse, Kyle of Lochalsh, landing stage for the short ferry ride to the Isle of Skye. Five years later, Skye Bridge was built and the ferry was no longer needed.

Of course we jumped at the chance to do a bit of impromptu exploration of the Hebrides. We found rooms with a lovely old lady, too. Gave us a most excellent Full Scottish breakfast, she did.

Red telephone box, Skye


Isle of Skye, Scotland

The red telephone box, once so prevalent throughout Britain, is much less common today. I wonder if this one remains standing along the way side on Skye. (Interestingly, my old uni, the University of Oklahoma, has these red telephone boxes scattered about campus. Installed after my time. I think…)

Tarskavaig, Isle of Skye, Scotland

As has so often been the case when travelling in Britain, we were childishly excited to find remnants of the island’s Viking past. Tarskavaig must surely be the same as the Norwegian name Torskevåg, meaning Cod Bay. Worth a photo for sure. Even back in the pre-digital day.

Scotland

While I have your attention: This castle could be on Skye, but I rather think it’s somewhere near, on the Scottish mainland. Thoughtlessly, I didn’t note the location. I’d be ever so pleased to find out where it is. Perhaps you know?

26 Responses to “Travel Photo – Isle of Skye, 1990”

  1. Turkey's For Life 9 March 2012 2224 #

    Very interesting about the Viking connection. Very possible. I love all these photos. They have that lovely bleak feeling about them that you get in bad weather in the hills.
    Julia
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    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 12 March 2012 0051 #

      Thanks, Julia. I like them, too. Got lucky with the weather and clouds in the last one.

  2. Ana (Ana Travels) 9 March 2012 2309 #

    I love the vintage feel of those photographs.
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    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 12 March 2012 0052 #

      Yeah, it’s a bit like they’re from another era. Long before 1990, even :)

  3. David Bennett 9 March 2012 2317 #

    Lovely – just a handful of years away but technology has changed so much that the photos look as though they could be from much further into the past.

    I wonder whether @tourscotland on Twitter would know where the castle is located? I would like to know myself :-) what with us now living in Edinburgh.

    The castle looks like somewhere that David Balfour from Robert Louis Stevenson’s novel ‘Kidnapped’ might have stayed in.
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    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 12 March 2012 0101 #

      So true! I remember having to use phone boxes very well, but my 10-year-old can barely remember not having a mobile phone. I’ ve been wondering about that castle for ages, and just read Gillian’s comment below. Blogging can be so wonderful.

  4. Andrea 10 March 2012 1025 #

    Love these, Sophie!
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    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 12 March 2012 0053 #

      Thanks, Andrea!

  5. Catwoman 11 March 2012 0001 #

    That must be such a beautiful and strange place! I wish I ever had the chance to get there…I really like the mood of your shots!
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    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 12 March 2012 0042 #

      Thanks, Catwoman.

  6. Victor 11 March 2012 1448 #

    Hm… gray is not mine :-(
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  7. Gillian 12 March 2012 0015 #

    Your photos fit well with the northwest highlands!! The castle you photographed is supposedly one of the most (if not “the”) most photographed castle in Scotland – Eilean Donan Castle – was the castle used in Highlander, Entrapment and other movies!

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 12 March 2012 0041 #

      Gillian, thank you for that! I’ve been wondering about that for quite a few years. It does look cool, so no wonder it has been used for film locations. Thanks again :)

  8. Anwar 13 March 2012 0317 #

    The photos definitely have an eerie look to them. Reminds me of some old school horror movie perhaps. The castle is really cool too. Did you figure out if it was on Skye or not?
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    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 13 March 2012 0919 #

      I did! It’s Eilean Donan Castle in the northwest highlands – not on Skye but on the way :)

  9. Sara Louis 14 March 2012 1218 #

    It’s the fist time I’m surfing into this your website Ann! I was impressed by the pictures and read the post! These photos are stunning!!! Thanks a lot!! I’ll be back to enjoy ither posts and pictures of your! ;)
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    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 14 March 2012 1315 #

      Thanks for stopping by, Sara.

  10. Nichole 14 March 2012 2049 #

    I love these pictures! They’re creepy…but in a really great way.
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  11. Anne-Sophie Redisch
    Anne-Sophie Redisch 16 March 2012 1432 #

    Thanks, Nichole. I agree. The landscape looks spooky, yet oddly appealing.

  12. Louise 20 March 2012 2049 #

    I love these vintage photos. That castle looming in the distance looks so incredibly spooky and thrilling. Wonder if I would have dared to spend a night there…

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 22 March 2012 0015 #

      I think I would have dared. I think…

  13. Natasha von Geldern 21 March 2012 1224 #

    Hey marvellous photos and memories! I’ve got a random and lonely red telephone box on a Scottish island photo somewhere myself :) Love the slightly grainy textures and you were obviously seduced by the landscape.
    Natasha von Geldern recently posted..Destination Australia: A Hobart city break

  14. Anne-Sophie Redisch
    Anne-Sophie Redisch 22 March 2012 0017 #

    Thanks, Natasha. Yes, even though it was more than 20 years ago, I still remember the landscape well. Very special place, Scotland.

  15. Alexa Meisler 23 April 2012 2121 #

    I always enjoyed stories about Vikings so it was really exciting to know that you’ve seen a place that is somewhat connected to their past. Beautiful shots!
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    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 23 April 2012 2352 #

      A bit like home for me :)

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