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A View from the Bridge

Eilean Bàn from the Skye bridge

In 1263 Haakon arrived in Kyle Akin with 100 ships crammed full of Norsemen

THINGS look very different from above. You notice it when you’re flying home from your holidays. As the aircraft drops below the clouds, familiar landscapes take on a new perspective. Farms and fields look orderly, towns and streets appear to be laid out in clear patterns. Much more neat and tidy than when seen at ground level.

I’ve never flown over Skye or Kyle of Lochalsh, but I have walked many times across the soaring arch of the Skye Bridge. And, OK, while the view may not be the same as from an aircraft, it’s definitely the next best thing! And if you’re looking for a good view from a bridge, you won’t do much better than this one.

To the north-west is a scattering of islands: Raasay, Scalpay, Eilean Mòr and Skye itself. A spectacular panorama that includes the once-wooded and pirateinfested islands of Pabay, Longay and the Crowlins.

Due north lies the imposing bulk of the Applecross Peninsula. If you’ve ever visited the little village of Applecross via the famously challenging Bealach na Ba (my knees still knock at the memory!) you’ll know what a relief it is to descend to the coast.

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iScot issue number 45 2018 124 pages of the best crack in Scotland and beyond. Featuring the very best of wordsmiths in Scotland today. Robbie Dinwoodie, Alyn Smith MEP, James Kelly (iScot goes Pop, Peter A Bell, Jason Michael McCann, Vivien Martin, Allan Martin, Paul Kavanagh’s Wee Ginger Dug, Blaze’s Page,Fiona Grahame of Orkney News, Moira Dalgetty, Bill Dale, Indy Lawyer, Ran Bruce’s Spider, Dave Bowman, Gordon Craigie, Major Bloodnok and the most excellent Billy Kay.