Not really but it had that feel about it. This is another shot of Neist Point Lighthouse on the most Westerly point on the Isle of Skye. It gives excellent views over Moonen Bay to Waterstein Head and out over the Minch to the Western Isles.
The point is regarded as the best place on Skye to see whales, dolphins, porpoises and basking shark. The sea around the point is teeming with sea-birds including gannets, black guillemots, razorbills and shags. The causeway at the tip of Neist Point is home to several species of rare and unusual plant, including alpine plants such as saxifrages. The sheltered bays of Neist Point are also excellent places to fish, with fourteen species of fish being caught in Moonen Bay.
A furore erupted in 2002 when a former owner of the Lighthouse Cottages installed a toll booth at the Neist Point Car Park and began charging for access to the Point. After a concerted campaign by locals, the illegal charging stopped and the cottages were sold on.
Visitors should be very cautious when approaching the edges of the cliffs. In June 2013, a tourist tragically fell 100 feet to her death from the cliff in the first bay at the bottom of the steps leading down from the car park.
A short walk from the road end, down the steep steps, leads to the lighthouse, which was built in 1909 and fully automated in 1990. The lighthouse tower is 62 feet high and stands 142 feet above sea-level. The light from the tower is equal to 480,000 candles and can be seen from up to 24 miles away. The lighthouse itself is now unmanned and owned by the Northern Lighthouse Board.
Neist Point (pronounced 'Neest') is renowned for its rock formations, which are closely akin to those at the Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland. It is said that the causeway extends under the sea from Northern Ireland to the Isle of Skye.
7 exposure, handheld hdr +3 to -3. Post processing using acr, photomatix, photoshop cc with topaz denoise and clarity plugins. Image selective sharpened. Nikon D700 with 16-35mm f4 at 16mm, ISO 200, f10, average exposure 1/250sec.#Isle #IsleofSkye #scotland #lighthouse #sea #ocean #clouds #hdr #hdrphotography #hdrphoto #hqsplandscape #hqsphdr