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Some of the tourist guides say that with the building of the bridge connecting it to the mainland the Isle of Skye has lost much of its mystery and remoteness. But if you go there in May you'll find that it's still out of the way enough for most tastes. You might even say it's barren, but if so, it's a condition combined with great beauty. The clouds swirl across Skye so rapidly that you won't see the same scene for more than ten minutes.
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The mountains of Skye appear very tall because they rise up out of the sea and because they are so far north there's little vegetation on most of them. As you peer up among the crevices and crags you expect almost to see Norse warriors tramping the heights.
And even Portree, the single town on Skye -- whose harbor you see here -- seems pretty far away from the world.
The island is about forty miles from the southeast corner to the northern tip, but it's a long forty miles. The roads are narrow, many of them single track with wider passing spots, as  you can see from the photograph. And there are few enough cars on them to allow you to feel that you, all alone, are going to the ends of the earth.