4 Most Photogenic Bridges on the Isle of Skye

Updated: Mar 8, 2019


Welcome to my Skye Photo Guide. Today we going to have a look at four bridges I love to photograph on this incredible island in the heart of the Scottish Highlands.


Old Sligachan Bridge


The Old Sligachan Bridge is on the main road to Portree, in the heart of the Cuillins. It is easily accessible as you can simply park at the Sligachan Hotel and make your way across the road to the left of the hotel to the bridge. This first bridge is without a doubt the busiest one from my list, and you will quickly understand why when you visit it. Take your time and do the 360 walk around the choose one of the many incredible compositions.

Jakub's secret tip: Make sure to climb down the bank and use one of the bigger stones in the river as a foreground for your photos.

My favourite spot to photograph the old bridge is located on the new bridge just a few meters away. There is a "sweet spot" there where you can include the river, bridge and mountain in the same photo without the distraction of the nearby hotel and road.


Sunset over the old Sligachan bridge

Location: Here

What to shoot: Landscape, Nature, Water, Slow Exposure, Panorama

Ideal kit: Tripod, ND Filter, Polarising Filter, Wide Angle Lens, Normal Lens

When to go: This spot is great to go to all year round.

Ideal conditions: Sunset, Sunny, Cloudy, All Weather


Skye Bridge


The Isle of Skye is connected to the mainland by a road bridge. It connects mainland village of Kyle of Lochalsh to the village of Kyleakin on Skye. 500 meters across the sound between the mainland and Skye, the bridge can make a fantastic subject, with many potential compositions.

There are viewpoints available from both - the mainland and Skye side. Park your car in the nearby areas and explore the area on foot to try different compositions.

Jakub's secret tip: Some of the best photos I've seen were captured from "under" the bridge on the Skye side near the village called Kyleakin (Map). You can also time your visit and go for one of the elevated views during dawn or dusk as the bridge is an excellent spot for light trail photography from passing traffic.


Skye bridge photographed by drone

Location: Here

What to shoot: Landscape, Nature, Water, Panorama, Light Trails

Ideal kit: Tripod, Polarising Filter, ND Filter, Wide Angle Lens, Normal Lens

When to go: This spot is great to go to all year round.

Ideal conditions: Dawn, Dusk, All Weather


Fairy Bridge


Fairy Bridge, or in Gaelic, Beul-Ath nan Tri Allt (The Ford of the Three Burns) lies further along the Bay River in the are and is where three rivers and three roads converged at the entrance of Waternish peninsula. Another Gaelic name for it is translated as "a ford for the fairies". It was a renowned meeting place over the decades in the 19th century during the period of the disruption in the churches and Land Reform in the crofting community.

There is little car park located just by the bridge which makes this spot accessible and ideal for a lovely picnic before heading towards the Dunvegan or Waternish area.

Jakub's secret tip: My favourite spot is located 20-30 meters up the stream. You can step on one of the large stones in the river and use the flowing water as a leading line towards the actual bridge. I also have a lovely sunset photo taken from the top of the bridge with a view towards the west of the island.


Fairy bridge

Location: Here

What to shoot: Landscape, Nature, Water

Ideal kit: Tripod, Polarising Filter, Wide Angle Lens, Normal Lens

When to go: This spot is great to go to all year round.

Ideal conditions: Sunny, Cloudy, All Weather, Sunset


Loch Ainort Bridge


This bridge at the opening of the Loch Ainort is not very well known. Tourists overwhelmed by the surrounding scenery usually avoid this spot as they are busy heading towards the north of the island and the locals have seen it too many times to get excited about it. It is a shame as the backdrop created by the Blackhill, Bla Bheinn and Marsco mountains is a scene worth to stopping.

Jakub's secret tip: Pass over the bridge and park on the side of the road (make sure to leave enough space for the rare passing car). Come back to the bridge and try different compositions from each side of the bridge facing the mountains.


Loch Ainort bridge

Location: Here

What to shoot: Landscape, Nature, Water, Panorama

Ideal kit: Tripod, Polarising Filter, Wide Angle Lens

When to go: This spot is great to go to all year round.

Ideal conditions: Cloudy, All Weather

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