Elgol, Isle of Skye
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The Isle of Skye is full of amazing landscapes, but the beach at Elgol on the west of the island is among the most iconic. The dramatic sight of the Cuillin hills where they meet the sea is a must-visit location for any landscape photographer. It’s easy enough to get to, just take the B8083 from Broadford, and you’ll end-up at Elgol harbour. Like many roads on Skye, this is narrow in places, and it’s tempting to stop almost every 100 yards, as the views are spectacular.
Once you are there, you can shoot from the harbour, or walk along the beach. Both offer loads of possibilities for including foreground interest, from the colourful lobster pots to plenty of rocks and weather-worn boulders.
The main beach and harbour faces north west so the classic view is to the north west, so it’s ideal for shooting at sunset with the sun over the sea, lighting-up the Cuillin hills. But it's also possible to shoot at sunrise, with the sun rising over the mountains.