This morning, we departed our lodgings in Broadford and embarked on an anti-clockwise tour of Skye as follows:

  • First to Sligachan, a popular base for hikers and campers, which offered excellent views of Beinn Bhreac and other mountains plus the River Drynoch.

Sligachan, Skye, Scotland

Video clip of view from Sligachan

 

  • Next north to Portree, the largest town on Skye. Here we stopped for some photographs, shopping and refreshments.
  • Next, we drove along the east of Trotternish, stopping for pictures of a geological feature known as the Old Man of Storr, a vertical finger of rock precariously balanced on the sloping landscape.

Old Man of Storr, Isle of Skye, Scotland

 

  • Next, to Kilt Rock and Mealt Falls. The former is a ‘pleated’ rock face whilst the latter is a waterfall cascading over the cliffs.

Kilt rock, Isle of Skye, Scotland

  • Next, further north to Staffin and then a sharp turn west, up a narrow mountain road to the Quirang, a high elevation platform offering scenic views over a prehistoric rock slide and the Wester Ross region of the Scottish mainland. A large German film crew was close by filmingĀ  promotional material.

Quirang, Isle of Skye, Scotland

  • Next, we drove west across the northern tip of Trotternish, along a single-track road to the port of Uig where we stopped for lunch at waterfront restaurant.
  • Next, a few miles south to Fairy Glen, a small valley populated by small conical hills, and many sheep. Here we stopped for photos.

Fairy Glen, Isle of Skye, Scotland

  • Next, south and west, tracking the coastline to Dunvegan, home of the Chief of Clan MacLeod. Then west along narrow and single track roads passing through rugged and lightly populated landscapes (other than flocks of sheep) to the isolated Neist Point where a lighthouse is situated. We stopped for photos at this popular spot.

Neist Point, Isle of Skye, Scotland

  • Next, back along the same road stopping to view a farmer working his flock with an unusual brown collie dog.

Farmer working sheep, Isle of Skye, Scotland

  • Next, we re-connected with the A863 and drove south, stopping to view an Iron-Age Broch and the rugged mountain scenery of the Cuillins.

Base of Iron-Age Broch, Skye,m Scotland

Cuillin Mountains, Skye, Scotland

  • We finally reached our Broadford destination about 5.15 pm.

Tomorrow we leave Skye by ferry and travel to Fort William.

 

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