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Rainbow over Oban, Scotland

This morning was characterised by a mix of rain and sunshine.

We departed our lodgings at Tarbert about 9.30 am and then proceeded a short trip south on Harris to visit a Harris Tweed outlet and Art Gallery, both of which were located in the same area known as Grose Bay, somewhat remote and with good views of the mountains and coast. As usual in the part of Harris the roads were narrow and occasionally populated by small groups of sheep and lambs oblivious to the rules of the road.

Grose Bay, Harris, Scotland

Video clip of Grose Bay.

Next, we returned to Tarbert to connect with the 11.50 ferry crossing to Uig, Isle of Skye, a journey which lasted about 90 minutes in reasonably calm sea conditions.

Tarbert, Harris, Scotland

On arrival at Uig we drove down the east of the island stopping first at Isleornsay to visit an Art Gallery and then finally connecting with the 4.00pm ferry from Armadale to Mallaig, a journey which offered good views of the Knoydart Peninsula.

Isleornsay, Skye, Scotland

Knoydart Peninsula. Scotland

Upon arrival at Mallaig we drove down the west coast, stopping first at Glenfinnan where we viewed the Glenfinnan Viaduct and Glenfinnan Monument.

Glenfinnan Viaduct, Scotland

Glenfinnan Monument, Scotland

After Glenfinnan, we continued south via Fort William ( with views of the Nevis Range of mountains), Loch Linnhe and Appin arriving at Oban about 5.15pm. Later that evening, a superb rainbow was witnessed over Oban.

Weather this afternoon was cold with intermittent showers of rain and hail.

Callanais III, Isle of Lewis, Scotland

This morning,m we departed our lodgings in Tarbert, Harris, Outer Hebrides and embarked on a tour of adjoining Lewis where we visited the following sites:

  • Famous Neolithic standing stones of Calanais which pre-date Stonehenge and the Pyramids of Egypt.

Calanais Standing Stones, Lewis, Scotland

  • Carloway Broch, one of the best preserved examples of a high status, defensive building from the iron-Age. Brochs are unique to Scotland.

Carloway Broch, Lewis, Scotland

Gearrannan Blackhouse Village, Lewis, Scotland

  • Gearrannan Blackhouse Village, a restored traditional village reflecting life on Llewis until the 1950s.

Gearrannan Blackhiouse with peat stack

  • Arnol Blackhouse Museum, a traditional Lewis thatched house where a family and its animals lived under the same roof.
  • Norse Mill and Kiln, water powered technology from the Viking Age for milling and drying grain.

  •  Butt of Lewis Lighthouse. the windiest place in U.K. on northern tip of Lewis.

Butt of Lewis Lighthouse, Scotland

We returned from our travels via the island’s capital, Stornoway.

Throughout the day, the weather was cold and overcast with heavy rain as we approached Harris. These conditions were compensated by views of streams of water cascading off the mountains.

In course of the day we encountered lots of sheep and cattle including a small herd of Galloway or ‘belted’ cattle. Also extensive examples of peat cutting. Peat remains an important fuel for the islanders.

Tomorrow, we return to the mainland via Skye and then on to Oban,.

Kyleakin from Guest House

This morning, we departed our lodgings in Kyleakin, drove to Broadford and then turned left to travel along a narrow, single track road to the coastal village of Elgol. En-route to Elgol we encountered fascinating scenery including heather clad landscapes. snow-capped mountains, many sheep with lambs and remote villages. On arrival at Elgol the cold, dry weather was compensated by scenic coastal views of the Cuillin mountains.

Cill Chriosd Church, Skye, Scotland

Cattle on Elgol Road, Skye, Scotland

Kilmarie Burial Ground, Skye, Scotland

Cuillin Mountains from Elgol, Scotland

Cuillin Mountains, Skye, Scotland

On the return trip from Elgol to Broadford we encountered many sheep plus a herd of cattle (including magnificent bull) ambling along the road. We stopped to visit Kilmarie Burial Ground on the west bank of Loch Slapin and Cill Chriosd ruined church and burial ground.

Next, we drove north to Portree, capital of Skye. The town was extremely busy with tourists. We had lunch in a café, visited the picturesque harbour and undertook a quick walk around the shops.

Portree Harbour, Skye, Scotland

Next. We continued north along another narrow and single track road past the Old Man of Storr to visit Mealt Falls and Kilt Rock then off west up a steep road to the Quiraing, site of a massive landslip in the distant geological past and a vantage point which offers good views over  the sea to the Scottish mainland.

Mealt Falls, Skye, Scotland

Kilt Rock, Skye, Scotland

Quiraing, Skye, Scotland

Next, we continued west, along a narrow road towards Uig but on reaching the coast turned north to undertake a tour around the northern coastal route, eventually returning back to the Quiraing.

Next, we drove past Uig to view the ‘Fairy Glen’, a small valley populated with small, conical hills and ponds.

Fairy Glen, Skye, Scotland

Finally we arrived at Uig in time to connect with the evening ferry crossing to Tarbert in the Outer Hebrides.

Ferry arriving Uig, Skye

For the next two days we tour Lewis and Harris.