Highland Cow, Skye

Highland Cow, Skye, Scotland

Today proved quite interesting and eventful. The weather was mixed with the morning cloudy but mainly dry with progressive deterioration during the afternoon culminating in a heavy downpour.

First, we left our Portree lodgings and then drove north along a single track road close to the cliffs of the east coast. We stopped to view the geology at Kilt Rock and then moved to Staffin and a turn off to a mountain road which took us up to the Quiraing, a geological feature comprising a prehistoric land slip.

Kilt Rock, Isle of Skye

Kilt Rock, Isle of Skye, Scotland

Cliff Face Geology, Isle of Skye

Cliff Face Geology, Isle of Skye, Scotland

Quiraing, Isle of Skye

Quiraing, Isle of Skye, Scotland

After the Quiraing we returned down to Staffin and then a tour round the edge of Trotternish to Uig and then across to Waternish and Dunvegan Castle. En-route we encountered a small herd of Highland Cattle which provided a good photo opportunity ( see image above).

Upon arrival at Dunvegan Castle, the group toured this ancestral home of the Chief of Clan MacCloud, which has a well-kept Highland garden featuring a natural waterfall, and then a light lunch at the Castle’s restaurant.

Dunvegan Castle, Skye

Dunvegan Castle, Skye, Scotland

Highland Garden at Dunvegan Castle

Highland Garden at Dunvegan Castle, Skye

Highland Garden at Dunvegan Castle

Highland Garden at Dunvegan Castle, Scotland

Upon leaving Dunvegan, we drove out along a narrow, single track road, past the famous Three Chimneys restaurant, to Neist Point. On arrival we determined to take a short hike to view the famous lighthouse but, unfortunately, our timing coincided with a heavy downpour. We completed the coastal hike but at expense of a thorough soaking in strong winds!

Neist Point Lighthouse, Skye

Neist Point Lighthouse, Skye, Scotland

Next, we  retraced our steps along the remote  B884 and the edge of Loch Dunvegan to connect with the main road down to Sligachan via stunning mountainous scenery (Cuillins) and then an abrupt turn north back to our lodgings at Portree.

Traditional Sailing Sloop, Loch Dunvegan

Traditional Sailing Sloop, Loch Dunvegan, Scotland

We arrived back at Portree very wet but, equally satisfied with the day’s trip.

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