This morning, we departed our lodgings in Fort William and drove west, stopping first at Glenfinnan where we just caught a glimpse of the Jacobite Express Steam Train crossing the Glenfinnan Viaduct. At Glenfinnan we stopped to admire the views including Loch Schiel and the Glenfinnan Monument. It was at Glenfinnan that Bonnie Prince Charlie landed in 1745 in his ultimately doomed attempt to win the thrones of England and Scotland by force.

Glenfinnan Monument, Scotland

Loch Schiel, Scotland

Next we continued west to Mallaig, tracking the coast and various lochs en-route, to Mallaig where we just made our connection with the 12.30pm ferry to Skye. The ferry afforded good views of the mountainous Knoydart Peninsula.

Upon arrival at Armadale, Skye we drove for about 15 minutes to our first stop at Isleornsay, an attractive spot offering both marine and landscape views. We had lunch here at the local pub.

Lighthouse from Isleornsay, Skye

Pier at Isleornsay, Skye, Scotland

Menu in Gaelic at Isleornsay, Skye

Next, we drove into Broadford to visit the Serpentarium, which is a not-for-profit offering refuge and care to a wide range of snakes, lizards and related species, many of which have been illegally imported and confiscated by HM Customs. 

Next, we embarked on a return trip to the village of Elgol, a small fishing port which offers excellent views of the Cuillins and Skye landscape. The single track was something of an adventure in itself, apart from the twists and turns there are free roaming cattle and sheep to contend with. On the way we came across the historic but derelict church of  Cill Chriosd with many ancient graves in the burial ground.

Cill Chriosd, Skye, Scotland

Elgol, Skye, Scotland

Elgol, Skye, Scotland

After about 20 minutes at Elgol, which was spent admiring the view and exploring the beach, we returned to Broadford and then drove on down to our lodgings at Kyle of Lochalsh. Tomorrow, we undertake a circumnavigation of the Isle of Skye and are hoping for reasonable weather.

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