Broadford, Isle of Skye

Broadford, Isle of Skye, Scotland

Today, we toured Skye in constantly changing weather conditions ranging from heavy rain to sunshine with spells of very blustery winds all of which provided an added dimension to the stunning and varied scenery which the island has to offer.

We departed Broadford after breakfast and then drove north tracking the coast to our first stop of Portree, the island’s capital. Here we stopped for refreshment and to explore this interesting small town, particularly its colourful and busy harbour ¬†where a cruise ship was paying a visit.

Portree Harbour, Skye

Portree Harbour, Skye, Scotland

Next we continued up the east coast, sometime on single track road, past the Old Man of Storr geological feature, to our next destination of Kilt Rock and nearby waterfall. The latter was in full spate but viewing was hampered by very strong winds and rain.

Old Man of Storr, Skye

Old Man of Storr, Skye, Scotland

Kilt Rock and Waterfall

Kilt Rock and Waterfall, Skye

Next to Staffin, past crofts, and then up a small, steep road to the Quiraing, a unique landscape cause by a major landslip about 85M years ago.

Quiraing, Skye

Quiraing, Skye, Scotland

Next, we continued across the top of Skye to Uig, a ferry port where we had a brief stop and availed of various photo opportunities,.

Uig Bay, Skye

Uig Bay, Skye, Scotland

Next round to nearby Fairy Glen, a small valley comprising pools and small conical shaped hills. From this vantage point we were able to view a number of waterfalls on the landscape caused by recent heavy rains.

Waterfall, Skye Landscape

Waterfall, Skye Landscape, Scotland

Fairy Glen, Skye

Fairy Glen, Skye, Scotland

Next, we headed east to Dunvegan Castle, the current and ancestral home of the Chief of Clan MacLeod. Here guests toured the castle interior. There were also gardens to explore.

Gardens at Dunvegan Castle

Gardens at Dunvegan Castle, Skye

Dunvegan Castle, Skye

Dunvegan Castle, Skye, Scotland

Next we drove south, stopping to view Dun Beag Broch ( approx. 2000 yrs old) and then on down through Cuillin mountain scenery and Sligachan towards Broadford stopping to photo a vibrant and full rainbow  en-route.

Dun Beag Broch, Skye

Dun Beag Broch, Skye, Scotland

Rainbow, Skye

Rainbow, Skye, Scotland

After passing through Broadford we turned east towards Armadale but called in for photographs at the small harbour of Isleornsay.

Isleornsay, Skye

Isleornsay, Skye, Scotland

We duly connected with our scheduled ferry crossing to Mallaig on the mainland and then drove down to Fort William via a brief photo stop at Glenfinnan. Latter being a historic site famous for (a) landing place of Bonnie Prince Charlie in 1745 and (b) the Glenfinnan Viaduct aka ‘Harry Potter Bridge’.

This evening we dined at the Crannog Restaurant. Tomorrow, we continue south through Glencoe to Stirling.

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