Around the Trotternish

September 17

Good morning Skye!  We woke to sunny skies, which is a good omen in Skye we hear.  Having slept well, we went for breakfast, which was a lovely typical Scottish brekkie to fill us up for the day.  Another traveller agreed with us on our disappointment with Portree.  I would strongly suggest that if you want to go to Skye, stay in one of the other smaller towns at a B&B!

We packed, thanked our hostess and headed out.   Driving through Portree, we headed up the eastern coast of the northern arm of Skye, the Trotternish.  It is well known for its rock formations known as the Old Man of Storr.  Legend is that a giant was buried under the rocks and it is his finger (or nose) that is sticking up.  My drive by pics didn’t work out, but this is what it looks like (thank goodness for the internet and stock photos!)

The Isle of Skye is beautiful.  It is green and windswept and full of sheep! We had some clouds, some sun and some wind.

We stopped at Lealt Falls and walked up the gated path to the promontory looking out over  The Minch

(apparently what they call the water between the inner and outer Hebrides islands.  When you look back you see the Lealt Falls.  When you look around you see sheep and very impressive landscapes.

Back to driving along the coast.

We passed through Staffin, a little crofting community and decided we would take “the road” as Gigi called it across from there to Uig on the west side of this northern arm of Skye.  This would save us about an hour of driving and we still had a lot of driving to do today!  Turns out it was a wonderful experience.  We turned onto the road, ‘one track’ of course, and started climbing over the Trotternish.

A couple of steep and windy turns up the mountain, pulling over from time to time to allow passage of various vehicles.  Again, I got most of it on video, so can’t post it here. At the top, the parking area was full and the wind was blowing.  We decided to carry on without stopping.  The landscape was different, more wild, and beautiful.  This road is often impassable in the winter months and I would not want to attempt it!

As we descended down the mountain we came to Uig,

a pretty little port town that has a ferry that links to the outer Hebrides.  I still don’t know how to pronounce Uig.   Is it ‘whig’ ‘you-ig’ ‘ugh’ ‘ig’?  I keep meaning to ask someone.    We passed by Uig and travelled along the coast which seems more protected and calm.  There is heather on the island but it isn’t in full bloom and the colours are more of a brownish purple at this point.  After a bit of driving we arrived back at Portree and retraced our way off the island.

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Skye was very lovely and we really enjoyed the trip there despite the disappointment of Portree.

 

We stopped in Kyle of Lochalsh for lunch and ended up in a pub/indian food restaurant!  The menu did have other options as well, like pizza!  The name of the restaurant was the Islander Pub, and not what we expected.  img_4175We had an amazing lunch of appetizers all indian food. SO good!

 

We decided that we would take the more southerly route back so we could see some other areas.  So glad we did.  We were driving along when this appeared:

The castle Eileen Doonan.  Very magnificent sitting on it’s rocky little island.  The tide was out in Loch Duich.  We didn’t go into the castle – there were several bus loads of tourists, but the views from the outside were very pretty indeed!  As I called it “a real live castle”.  David got all technical that castles are made of stone and not alive, but whatever!!

The next part of our drive took us through Glen Shiel.

This area is obviously really popular with hikers.  The views were pretty incredible.    Following that we entered Glen Moriston.  A little more leafy and green.

Arriving in Invermoriston we were back on Loch Ness.  Not a lot of views from the road as it is pretty tree covered.   We drove up along Loch Ness, past Urquhart Castle and into Inverness.  The day was sunny and beautiful.

The drive from Inverness to Nairn is not a long one and we arrived in the very pretty village of Nairn before 4 pm.

Our hotel is an ancient one, perhaps a rooming house at one time as well.  It has grand interior features like 20 foot ceilings and beautiful crown mouldings.  But it is a bit of a warren and we were on the 2nd floor (3rd to us) so thank goodness we had pared down our necessities to one carry on, a small backpack and a tote bag!   Our room had an ensuite bath and the room was large, the bed comfy and the light from the windows wonderful.

David headed out to check out the local golf courses and I sat down to write blogs and hopefully post.  Ran into more troubles with uploading pics, so ended up writing but not posting much. img_20160917_165922But David tried to learn something about Cricket.  No luck understanding but great pics!

 

When David returned we headed out to wander the main street.

Stores were closed but there were a number of restaurants and we were deciding what to eat when we could see we were near the beach.  We wandered down to take a look and took these pics as the sun was setting:

Gorgeous setting.

Dinner was had at the Havelock Pub.

Best meal we have yet had!  I had a steak and ale pie that was to die for and David had fish, chips and salad.  The piece of fish was HUGE:

A couple of drinks later we wandered on back to our hotel.  The night was lovely and the moon was shining.

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Another lovely Scottish day!

 

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