We all need enough space and room to grow and breathe. Here on the North East tip of the Isle of Skye you will find more room than you will ever need. The landscape of the Quiraing is spacious and surprising, and even on days when the car park of this remote range of rocks has no spaces left, you will find yourself alone as you walk out along the narrow path. This vast landscape swallows people in its folds of grass and rock, and you can see for miles across open unpopulated land. If the clouds roll in you will feel utterly absorbed by the mist, cut off from the rest of life, in this alien and supernatural landscape.
Room like this can be disorientating, when we are used to things having edges and limits. Here it seems that the sky and the earth are the limit, and they roll on endlessly in all directions. There are times in my life when I find limitless space like this especially helpful and healing. Somehow in this vastness I can come back to the centre, the core of my being. Sitting and breathing and being within these mountains slows down my senses, which may have become overloaded and overstimulated by multiple demands. There is no ask here in the heart of nature, other than to be and to experience, and what an experience. My senses are filled to brimming with natures wonders, the still rocks and the silent air, the soft grass and the light reflecting water. The call of eagles from high within the cliffs above, and the gentle calls between lambs and their mothers on the slopes below help to place me.
When I walk, it requires all my attention to place my feet on this tiny narrow ribbon of a path which clings impossibly to the steep slopes. Walking with full awareness, deeper and deeper into this magical landscape on the edge of the earth, my senses hold my mind away from thinking and planning. To feel this space and it’s effect on my body and mind is a wonderfully exhilarating experience. I can find myself again, out among the rocks and sky, and it’s as though I’m walking deeper into my own centre. Fear and joy are close companions, and we walk together through the heart of the Quiraing.
There is room here to come into close contact and connection with nature and her wildness. The rocks and green slopes seem to come alive, each one showing their unique character, and it’s effect on me. Some sights are so beautiful I’m left breathless in awe, filled with smiles. Others are weird and challenging, and I feel my heart beat faster as I cling to the slender path, moving further and further from the known and familiar. Yet in this movement I come closer to myself.
Sometimes we have to get lost in order to find our true neglected natures again. There is room here on the edge of Skye to lose yourself in nature and to recover your centre. To let go of your preconceptions about yourself and your edges, and to come back into contact with your deep potential. From here can come the fresh vibrant growth, of a life rediscovered, of a self reconnected. We all need the room to find ourselves and to re centre within our busy lives. This is my room, what does yours look like?
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For the fact lovers, these photos are taken on the Quiraing, on the Isle of Skye, Scotland. The name Quiraing (in Gaelic, Cuith-Raing) comes from Old Norse Kvi Rand, which means Round Fold. In the days of cattle raids, cattle were driven up here to keep them hidden, but well fed on the lush grass and flowers of the mountains. The strange rock formations are the result of huge landslides over an unimaginable stretch of time. The earth here is still moving and the road up to the Quiraing has to be repaired and remade each year due to the ongoing landslide. There is something sacred and supernatural about this piece of earth, and some people are seized with inexplicable fear while walking here.