This morning our tour group departed the hotel about 09.00am and embarked on a tour of Skye taking in the following places and sites:

  • First stop Portree, capital of Skye. Here we visited the colourful harbour, strolled around the shops and availed of some coffee.

Portree Harbour

  • Next we drove north on a single track road passing a local gentleman digging peat in the traditional manner. Then we stopped at Kilt Rock and nearby waterfall for views and photographs.

Kilt Rock

  • Our next destination was suggested by our coach driver, George. This is the house of (18th century local heroine) Flora MacDonald which now forms part of the Flodigarry Country House Hotel which in turn occupies a superb sea view location. A good stop!

Flora MacDonald's Cottage

  • We next retraced our steps for a few miles before turning off a very steep and narrow road up the Quiraing which comprises a jumble of strangely shaped hills and rocks which were shaped many millions of years ago as a function of a land slip. Great views aided by the blue sky and sunshine!

Quiraing, Skye

  • After the Quiraing, we continued across the northern tip of Skye and then headed north to the Skye Museum of Island Life at Kilmuir. Here we were learn about daily life in times past.

Skye Museum of Island Life

  • For lunch we headed to Uig and the restaurant on the harbour. A good regular meal where we watched the Stornoway ferry coming and going.
  • Suitable refreshed after lunch we headed along the west coast of the island to Dunvegan Castle, home of the chief of Clan MacCloud whose family have lived on the site for seven centuries. The castle dates back about 600 years. Nice garden also.

Dunvegan Castle

Garden at Dunvegan

  • We next headed back to our base at Broadford driving past the Dun Beag Iron-Age Broch.
  • We duly arrived back at Broadford about 5.30pm after a long and successful day aided by sunny weather.

Tomorrow we head for Loch Ness!

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