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Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Isle Of Skye

We are very pleased to announce our third photo tour to Scotland featuring the Isle of Skye and Orkney. Participants on this tour will explore and photograph the diverse landscape of the Isle of Skye, the largest of the Hebrides. We will hike across the spectacular Quiraing range, a basalt uprising that is the dominant feature of the Trotternish Peninsula. A trip across the peninsula will take us to the tiny village of Uig, and beyond to the Fairy Glen, a magical forest of Hazel trees situated amidst strange and wondrous hills and valleys. We will also spend a day in the Cuillins - Skye's most dramatic mountains. Lance invites you to join him for a swim in the chilly waters at the fairy pools. Skye has something for everyone: sandy beaches, dramatic cliffs, majestic mountains, quiet forests, and ever-changing skies that never fail to reward photographers with amazing light. If it rains, there is plenty to see and do in Portree, the largest town on Skye. We may visit An Tuireann center for contemporary crafts and visual arts or browse the many shops, cafes, and pubs in town.

At the meeting point of three sea lochs on the west coast of the Scottish mainland is the very photogenic Eilean Donan Castle where we will stop to photograph on the way to Orkney.

On Orkney we will explore the amazing megalithic sites, including Maes Howe, a 5000-year-old chambered tomb with 1000-year-old Viking graffiti, and the preserved prehistoric village known as Skara Brae, exposed by a storm in the nineteenth century. It never gets fully dark on Orkney in high summer, which means we will have hours of amazing twilight to photograph the amazing Ring of Brodgar, a massive stone circle that was built over 5000 years ago. We will also visit the Viking Cathedral in the village of Kirkwall, and the picturesque town of Stromness, which is wonderful for photographing at night. One day on Orkney will be dedicated to a visit to Hoy, another of the Orkney Islands, where we will hike across the northern end of the island to see the Old Man of Hoy, a 450 foot high sea stack.

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