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Bovine hazard on road between Broadford and Elgol with ancient church in background.

This evening, I am posting information on a an interesting backroad trip on the Isle of Skye, Scotland.

The route covers a total of thirty miles from Broadford to Elgol and back much of which tracks the edge of Loch Slapin, a sea loch.

Loch Slapin, Isle of Skye, Scotland

The road is single-track with passing places. En-route it usual to encounter sheep and cattle on the road, including the photogenic, Highland Cows.

Highland Cow on road near Elgol.

At Elgol, a small village on coast of Loch Scavaig, can be seen the island of Soay, and the famous Cuillin Hills. From there are boat trips to view the wildlife and scenery.

View of Cuillin hills from Elgol, Skye

A rewarding, if somewhat slow trip, where the journey is just as satisfying as the destination.

Most of the trip can viewed in the dashboard video clips shown below.




Glencoe Folk Museum with traditional thatched roof.

Today, we drove 150 miles S.E. from Arisaig on Scotland’s N.W. coast to Glasgow in central Scotland.

En-route, our main focus of interest was Glencoe a region in the Scottish Highlands which has achieved recognition for:

  • A famous (or infamous) massacre which occurred on Feb 13th 1692 when 38 men, women and children, all from the local Clan MacDonald, were murdered in cold blood by Government troops (mainly from Clan Campbell) acting on military orders. Many more died trying to escape into the freezing winter mountains.
  • Mountainous scenery together with local flora and fauna which is now managed by heritage organisation, The National trust for Scotland.

Glencoe translates as ‘Valley of the River Coe’ with etymology of Coe being obscure.

We visited Glencoe village with its memorials to casualties of the massacre and WW1/WW2, then the River Coe, local landscape vistas, site of a house whose occupants experienced the massacre and observed a few emerging Spring flowers.

Wood Anemone flowers at Glencoe, Scotland.

Poignant Massacre memorial at Inverigan site shown in image below.

Location of house at Inverigan, Glencoe the occupants of which suffered at the 1692 massacre.

Glencoe Landscape, Scotland

River Coe at Glencoe

Memorial to dead of both World Wars

Inscription on Glencoe Massacre Cross Memorial

Glencoe Massacre Cross Memorial

View from Glencoe Village, Scotland.

Young lambs, Sleat, Skye, Scotland

This morning, benefiting from dry and sunny weather, we undertook a three hour hike around the southermost point of the Isle of Skye, Scotland. Key features:

  • Sweeping views of the Small Isles and Knoydart Peninsula.

View of Mallaig and Knoydart from S;leat, Skye

  • Green crofts (farms) and white houses of Aird of Sleat.

Aird of Sleat, Skye, Scotland

  • Featureless moorland landscape.

Moorland scenery, Sleat, Skye

  • Sheep with young lambs.
  • Cows with calves,

Cow with calf, Sleat, Skye

  • Spring flowers: primroses and violets.

Primrose flowers, Sleat, Skye

Violet, Sleat, Skye

  • Hidden sandy bay with white, silica like sand.

Sandy Bay, Sleat, Skye, Scotland

  • Interesting rock formations.

Interesting rock face at Sandy Bay, Sleat, Scotland

  • Memorial to ex-R.A.F. member from WW2.

William Taylor Memorial, Sleat, Skye,

  • Midden (dump) of shellfish in small cave.

Shellfish midden, Sleat, Skye

  • Remote, self-service cafe with honesty box.

Competition for Starbucks at Sleat, Skye, Scotland, but no WiFi!

Tonight, we are back at Arisaig on the mainland.