Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Cuillins from the Beach, Skye

I thought I'd say a quick word about the image on the front of my London catalogue.

It's called Cuillins from the Beach, Skye.

Cuillins from the Beach, Skye (Oil on linen, 24 x 26)

I'm often asked exactly where the places are that feature in my paintings.  This particular scene is of the beach at Tokavaig on the Isle of Skye.  

This is Skye, one of the Inner Hebrides on the west coast of Scotland.  It's a large island now joined to the mainland by a bridge from Kyle of Lochalsh to Kyleakin.  There's still a ferry from Mallaig, if you want to reach it the romantic way, and there's also a great little private ferry which goes across to Glenelg (where the amazing brochs are).

And here's Tokavaig.  It's a very very small place.  If you take the line of the ferry that comes across from Mallaig, you'll see a yellow rectangular loop on the side of the red road leading up towards Kyleakin.  Tokavaig is near Tarskavaig, on a nice scenic little loop of single track road.

The rocky beach at Tokavaig looks out over to the famous ridge of the Cuillins in the distance, with Elgol on the right and the little island of Soay on the left.

So now you know!

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