Summer Solstice on The Isle of Skye…

Isle of Skye

One of the most memorable times of my life was on my very first trip to Scotland.

The entire trip was an adventure, but there was one particular day that was without a doubt…magical

I spent the Summer Solstice of 2000, in Portree on the Isle of Skye.

The picture above was taken on our way towards Skye. You can make out the bridge in the distance. At the time, there were still those that opposed the bridge (built in 1992), believing that the experience of traveling to Skye by boat was far better. I tend to agree. 

Traveling on the Isle of Skye


It was a perfect, mist-filled day.





Waterfall ~ Isle of Skye


I don’t know about you, but this just took my breath away…




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As we traveled, the sun finally ventured out, greeting us with vivid colors.

This lone sheep was the only one out there.

The rest of the day was spent exploring and after dinner, I ventured out on my own towards the small harbor.

I stood looking out at the stunning landscape believing I had touched upon two worlds. One modern…and the other ancient.

Portree, Isle of Skye


This is what welcomed me on one side of the harbor….




Portree, Isle of Skye



And this was on my left.




I found it very difficult to go to sleep, for the sky never went dark that evening. I was like a child, eager to be outside and play…even at 2:00am!

Indeed, it was an enchanting day.

We listened to this song as we traveled over the bridge to Skye…

Happy first day of Summer!

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  1. What a beautiful post, Mary. Perfect for today. And you did what rarely happens: you made me cry. Enjoy the magic of the day. Love you!

  2. anne

    Truly lovely and magical,Mary. The Skye Boat Song touches my heart in ways known only TO my heart. Beautiful.

  3. Barb R

    Happy 1st day of summer, Mary!

    Wow! The pictures are absolutely breathtaking in the video and oh how I hope and pray that I will be able to visit there ‘one day’ but I’ll be satisfied to ‘dream’ until then. Thanks so much for ‘gifting’ us with the beauty and serenity of Scotland!

  4. Judy

    These pictures take me back to a visit in Germany where being on the water turns out to be the most soothing part of the whole time. I feel the merging of the two worlds and yet they still manage to stay independent of one another. I felt right there with you while reading, and I may have to make a trip there for my 30th Anniversary. Thank you for sharing!

    • For me, Europe speaks old world. You can hear the echoes of the past clearly–more so than here.

      Ooooh, that would be some trip, Judy. You would fall in love with Scotland for sure…. 🙂

  5. Terry

    I am speechless. Absolutely amazing ! Thank you.

  6. Marilyn Munro

    I enjoyed the music and pictures very much. I have visited Scotland three times but am sorry I never made it over to Skye.

    • I would be very happy to have all my vacations in Scotland, Marilyn. 🙂 There’s so much to see that it would probably take me a lifetime. I still want to return to Skye, since we were there only two days and there is so much more to explore.

  7. Leah Weller

    Mary, I got the biggest goosebumps reading this post and watching the video. Stunning!

    • Leah, to this day, this particular moment in time will always stay with me. I even have the candle that I took to light on the Solstice on Skye.

      So glad you enjoyed it, too. 🙂

  8. Cutieb

    This is truly a magical post! Thank you for sharing your magical adventure on such a magical day!

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