Seal Watching, Dunvegan

Seal Watching, Dunvegan, Skye

This morning, I collected my tour group from their Broadford lodgings and the proceeded as follows:

First we headed north to the island’s capital of Portree. Here we viewed the pretty harbour and looked around the shops and the central square.

Harbour, Portree

Harbour, Portree, Skye

Next we headed up the east coast of the island stopping for a photo shot en-route of the rock formation known as the Old Man of Storr. Next we visited the fascinating geologically interesting cliff known as Kilt Rock with its associated waterfall. The rock here is of volcanic origin.

Old Man of Storr, Skye

Old Man of Storr, Skye, Scotland

Kilt Rock, Skye

Kilt Rock, Skye, Scotland

 

Flora and Geology, Isle of Skye

Flora and Geology, Isle of Skye, Scotland

Next we travelled north and then cut across the northern tip of the island to view the stunning volcanic landscape known as the Quairaing. Unfortunately, there was light rain but this did not upset our appreciation of the scenery.

Quiraing Volcanic Landscape

Quiraing Volcanic Landscape, Skye

Next we continued our journey to the ferry port town of Uig where we stopped for lunch and watched the 1.15pm ferry arrive from Lewis.

Lewis Ferry, Isle of Skye

Lewis Ferry, Isle of Skye, Scotland

 

After lunch we continued round the edge of the island to Dunvegan and its famous castle. However, our real objective was to view the colony of common Grey Seals which inhabit the local waters. This was a truly memorable boat trip allowing us to get right in close to the seals many of whom had recently given birth with many of the young pups in evidence on the rocks.

Common Seal with Pup

Common Seal with Pup, Skye

Dunvegan Castle, Skye

Dunvegan Castle, Skye, Scotland

Common Grey Seal, Dunvegan

Common Grey Seal, Dunvegan, Skye

Our final visit of the day was to Dun Beag Iron-Age broch, a large, circular tower which would have housed a high status family aeround 2000 years ago. Brochs are unique to Scotland. This specimen is maybe about 15 pct complete. In its heyday the building would have stood out on the coastal landscape, reflecting the wealth and power of the local owner/community.

Finally, we returned to Broadford and our lodgings for the evening. Tomorrow we catch the ferry to Mallaig and head south to Edinburgh.

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