William Daniell's journeys around Skye, Raasay and the Moray Coast in 1815

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Part of the Isle of Rum

Portree on the Isle of Skye

Loch Cruisk near Loch Scavig

Castle Broichin on the Isle of Raasay

William Daniell's Itinerary


The itineraries of Daniell, Johnson and Boswell, and Pennant, around Skye and RaasayDaniell's complete journey round Great Britain, starting and finishing at Land’s End, was accomplished in six separate excursions over the period 1813 to 1823. The third of these took place in 1815. Daniell left his home in London in May and travelled north to Wigton, to continue his journey up the west coast of Scotland, finally returning in October, having travelled around the north coast of Scotland  and down the east coast as far as Dundee. This journey provided enough sketches to keep Daniell occupied in London for the next six years.

Daniell spent July and August 1815 travelling around the Hebrides, during which he spent two or three weeks on Skye and Raasay. His route is shown on the map. On his return home at the end of 1815, he worked 139 of his sketches up into aquatint prints. Seventeen of these were of Eigg, Rum, Skye and Raasay and were published with an accompanying text in 1818 and 1819. He admits that he found the selection very difficult. There were many very attractive views of Skye and Raasay, which he felt he had to reject in order to maintain a balanced treatment of the complete journey around the British coast.