The last light of day fades on the still waters of Sgeir Nam Biast, a bay overlooking Waternish Headland, near Dunvegan, north-west Isle of Skye, Scottish Highlands. A solitary light bulb glows from an upstairs room in this isolated cottage across the calm lake. The weather is perfect but unusual for one of the wildest parts of Britain. Farming practices have changed irreversably in a generation and many residents have English accents rather than that of native Scots islanders as city dwellers from the far south seek an alternative to urban lifestyles. The weather can have adverse effects on those unprepared for such wild conditions, especially during harsh winters when violent storms batter these Atlantic coasts. But old crofts have been converted to bed and breakfast homes, catering for tourist visitors who adore this form of idyllic escapism.