Today, the weather on Skye proved relatively benign (cool but no rain) which greatly assisted our tour of the island which proceeded as follows:

  • Broadford to Portree, the latter being the island’s capital. We tracked to the coast passing islands including Pabay, Scalpay and Raasay during the drive which took about 45 mins. Note that island names end in ‘ay’ which is Old Norse (Viking) for island.
  • Upon arriving at Portree, we parked and spend about 1 hour walking around the town with its pretty harbour and shops. A friendly local butcher provided information on Haggis which he had for sale.

Portree, Skye

 

Haggis

  • Next we continued along a narrow, one track road heading north. We passed some peat cuttings and then to Kilt Rock with its spectacular waterfall.

Kilt Rock

  • After Kilt Rock we drove across the northern tip of Skye via the spectacular Quiraing rock formation to the Island Life Museum at Kilmuir.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lgpl2T6kOs0

Skye Island Life Museum

  •  Here the houses and exhibits provided a useful insight into island life in bygone days. We also drove past the nearby memorial to Flora MacDonald who lived a very full life, becoming famous for aiding the escape of Bonnie Prince Charlie after the Battle of  Culloden in 1746.
  • Next we drive on to the small port of Uig which is a ferry terminal for crossings to the Outer Hebrides ( e.g.Stornoway). Here we had a spot of lunch and then continued round the coast to Dunvegan Castle, home to the Chief of Clam MacLeod.Here we spent about one hour visiting inside of this ancient building which is currently undergoing extensive restoration work. The Castle’s gardens are very lush and colourful at this time of year.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6CuGzLV7B70

Dunvegan Castle Entrance

  • After departing Dunvegan, we drove south stopping first to visit the remains of an ancient Broch ( large round stone built tower for high status occupation) which dates back approx 1500-2000 years.Views from here (Dun Beag) were quire spectacular with the jagged peaks  of the Cuillin mountains in the distance.

Broch

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n9POhnfJtkA

The day’s tour concluded with return to our lodgings at Broadford around 6.00pm.

Skye Bridge from Broadford

Fishing Boats at Broadford

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