Photographing Raasay In Winter

The Isle of Skye is one of the best known destinations in Scotland for landscape photography. However, says Mike Bell, its smaller neighbour Raasay is equally photogenic and full of opportunities

The Isle of Skye off the west coast of Scotland is one of the prime sites in the world for landscape photography. A stunning coastline surrounds a wild landscape of waterfalls and rugged mountains. It is perhaps not surprising that its lesser neighbour – the island of Raasay, sandwiched between Skye and the mainland – has largely escaped the notice of the landscape photography fraternity. You will often see its long shape in the background of sunrise images of the Old Man of Storr on Skye but that is about as far as it goes. Last winter I had the opportunity of staying there for a week in January, so I decided to explore its photographic potential.

At first sight Raasay is long, narrow and rather featureless, with just a single long ridge running along most of its length from north to south. The main settlement of Inverarish lies in a small sheltered valley on the southeast, close to where the 12car ferry from Skye lands. Single track roads link...

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Mike Bell

Mike is a landscape photographer based in Perthshire, Scotland where his photographs have been used by Perth and Kinross Countryside Trust, Visit Scotland, Forestry Commission Scotland and local tourist associations.

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