by Ruby Johnson
From the moment we left Oban and crossed on the Ferry at Mallaig to the Isle of Skye, I felt a sense of coming home. The island is part of the Inner Hebrides 0n the west coast of Scotland and if ever there was a perfect romantic location, this was it.
We didn’t go to the Isle of Skye for shopping and the city life as there’s really not much of this after you leave Glasgow and Edinburg. The island is remote, and the last time we visited the ferry was the only way to get to the Island. Skye Bridge opened in 1995 and now connects Skye to the mainland.
It is the perfect place for hikers, and those who love spectacular and rugged scenery. Unique rock formations sit atop majestic green mountains, while waterfalls cascade down sheer jagged cliffs into the turquoise lochs and ocean below. The landscape is almost too beautiful to be real and one can imagine Clansmen standing on the top of hills overlooking the glens.
Before we left for Scotland, I’d read all sorts of articles on packing light and a weird story of one couple who carried one pair of pants , a shirt, a dress and one pair of underwear. Of course, I couldn’t go anywhere with one change of clothes, but lugging around a heavy suitcase gets very tiring if you’re staying at a different location every day or two. Just remember to pack what you want, then take half of the clothes out. it makes things a lot more simple in the long run. We were lucky to have our clothes laundered for us at the Glenburnie Guest House in Oban before leaving for the Isle of Skye.
But probably the area most interesting in the Trotternish is the Quiraing, an escarpment of pinnacles, craigs, and bluffs dating from the Jurassic period set amidst the greenest mountains my eyes have seen.
the Flora McDonald Monument and further on to the Skye Museum of the Island, a preserved crofting township.
As we continued south the road passed the Uig Bay. A few miles south of Uig, a small road leads to the Fairy Glen, a landscape of conical hills, buttes, and a small loch.
After an evening meal in Portree we headed back to the cozy and clean B&B. The next morning after a full Scottish breakfast of eggs, tomatoes, beans , blood pudding, sausage, oatmeal and toast we spent time on the Waternish peninsula in the northwest of Skye, the former seat of the Clan MacLeod. We stopped at Skye Skins for a tannery tour and viewed some really beautiful sheepskin rugs.
With parts of this castle dating back to the ninth century it is reported as the oldest inhabited castle in Scotland. The Fairy Flag is on display here, though very little of it remains. The flag dates back to the seventh century, and the story is it brings success to the Chief or his Clan if unfurled in emergency. Of course, the charm only worked if used on three occasions, and it has already been used twice by MacLeods to secure a victorious battle. On display are fascinating stories of the battles between the MacLeods and the MacDonalds, the two major clans here. Most of the stories involve a woman, and fights continued from as early as the thirteenth on up to the eighteenth century. Not far from the castle, are the seals and we spent time taking a boat ride to get photographs.
After all of that walking, many take a tour of the Talisker Whiskey Distillery! You can learn about the distillery and the process for making whiskey, sample a taste and purchase a bottle at a discount.
The next morning we packed up after a wonderful breakfast and headed down A87 over Skye bridge to the most photographed castle in Scotland. Eilean Donan Castle. We met a friendly Scotsman had lunch and were on our way again.
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