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Talisker is a remote settlement in the west of the Isle of Skye and a comfortable and scenic two mile walk from the road's end takes you to this lovely bay. And this was a beautiful sunny day when we visited it though dark clouds appeared threatening in the distance.

The area of Talisker was for centuries a possession of the Clan Macleod. It was visited by the famous Samuel Johnson and his companion, James Boswell, in 1773 and, though they enjoyed the company of their congenial host, John Macleod, they were less impressed by the place itself:

"Talisker is the place beyond all that I have seen, from which the gay and the jovial seem utterly excluded; and where the hermit might expect to grow old in meditation, without possibility of disturbance or interruption. It is situated very near the sea, but upon a coast where no vessel lands but when it is driven by a tempest on the rocks."

Yes, it is remote and it might well be uninviting in bad weather, but this day it was beautiful.

Many may not have heard of this place but may well have heard of the malt whisky called "Talisker", distilled just five or six miles away at Carbost and the only whisky produced on Skye.

ISO 160, 1/250 sec at f/11, focal length 27mm.

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