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Today was characterised by a wet, overcast morning followed by a dry afternoon with sunny periods.

We departed our Broadford lodgings and then drove north, following the coastal route round lochs Ainort and Sligachan with views of the islands Scalpay and Raasay to our first stop at the Aros Centre near Portree where we visited a book fair.

Next to the island capital of Portree where we spent an hour or so and guests indulged in shopping.

Portree Harbour

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Next, we drove north along the east coast of the island stopping for photographs of geological feature, the Old Man of Storr and then a stop at Kilt Rock and Lealt Falls, where the River Lealt cascades into the sea over a cliff.

Old Man of Storr, Skye

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Lealt Falls, Skye

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Next, we continued north for a short distance before turning off left at Staffin to cut across the top of the island with views of another geological feature, the Quiraing, although weather conditions militated against photography at the viewpoint.

Next, we continued west across the top of Skye to the ferry port of Uig where we stopped for lunch at a harbour-side pub offering views of the ferry movements.

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Next, we visited nearby Fairy Glen, a strange and unique phenomenon comprising a small valley populated with conical-shaped hills and ponds.

Fairy Glen, Skye

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Next, we continued south-west through Trotternish and  Waternish to Dunvegan and its famous castle which is the seat of the Chief of Clan MacLeod.Guests toured the castle and gardens, with latter resplendent, providing a wide range of subtle and vibrant colours.

Dunvegan Castle

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Dunvegan Castle Gardens

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Finally, we drove S.E.back to Broadford, initially following the coast and then turning inland with superb views of the Cuillin Hills which are of volcanic origin.

We availed of an evening meal at the Claymore  Restaurant.

Tomorrow, we  transfer by ferry back to the mainland and then on down to Troon.

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