Kyleakin from Guest House

This morning, we departed our lodgings in Kyleakin, drove to Broadford and then turned left to travel along a narrow, single track road to the coastal village of Elgol. En-route to Elgol we encountered fascinating scenery including heather clad landscapes. snow-capped mountains, many sheep with lambs and remote villages. On arrival at Elgol the cold, dry weather was compensated by scenic coastal views of the Cuillin mountains.

Cill Chriosd Church, Skye, Scotland

Cattle on Elgol Road, Skye, Scotland

Kilmarie Burial Ground, Skye, Scotland

Cuillin Mountains from Elgol, Scotland

Cuillin Mountains, Skye, Scotland

On the return trip from Elgol to Broadford we encountered many sheep plus a herd of cattle (including magnificent bull) ambling along the road. We stopped to visit Kilmarie Burial Ground on the west bank of Loch Slapin and Cill Chriosd ruined church and burial ground.

Next, we drove north to Portree, capital of Skye. The town was extremely busy with tourists. We had lunch in a café, visited the picturesque harbour and undertook a quick walk around the shops.

Portree Harbour, Skye, Scotland

Next. We continued north along another narrow and single track road past the Old Man of Storr to visit Mealt Falls and Kilt Rock then off west up a steep road to the Quiraing, site of a massive landslip in the distant geological past and a vantage point which offers good views over  the sea to the Scottish mainland.

Mealt Falls, Skye, Scotland

Kilt Rock, Skye, Scotland

Quiraing, Skye, Scotland

Next, we continued west, along a narrow road towards Uig but on reaching the coast turned north to undertake a tour around the northern coastal route, eventually returning back to the Quiraing.

Next, we drove past Uig to view the ‘Fairy Glen’, a small valley populated with small, conical hills and ponds.

Fairy Glen, Skye, Scotland

Finally we arrived at Uig in time to connect with the evening ferry crossing to Tarbert in the Outer Hebrides.

Ferry arriving Uig, Skye

For the next two days we tour Lewis and Harris.

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