Skye Tour Feb 7th 2016.

Black Faced Sheep. Skye. Scotland

This morning we departed our lodgings in Portree and embarked on a trip as follows:

First north, along the east coast of the island, stopping to view some peat cuttings and black face sheep.

Peat Cutting, Isle of Skye, Scotland

Unfortunately, the Old Man of Storr was not visible due to cloud cover. Our first stop was the cliff face known as Kilt Rock and the adjacent waterfall known as Mealt Falls.

Mealt Falls and Kilt Rock, Isle of Skye

Video clip of Mealt Falls and Kilt Rock

Next, we continued north but then cut across the northern tip to view the spectacular Quiraing landscape which was caused by a 60m year old landslip.

Next we continued across the top of the island then turned north on reaching the western side near Uig. We followed the coastal route calling in at Kilmuir Cemetery to view some ancient burial including that of Flora MacDonald who achieved fame in the 18th century by helping Bonnie Prince Charlie to escape after his defeat at Culloden in 1746.

Flora MacDonald’s Memorial at Kilmuir, Skye

After circumnavigating the top half of Skye we went back through the Quiraing and then on to Uig which is a bay and ferry terminal. Here we stopped for refreshments.

Uig Bay, Skye, Scotland

Next, on to nearby Fairy Glen which is a small valley populated with conical hills and sheep.

Fairy Glen, Skye, Scotland

Next we continued around the coast to for lunch at the excellent Stein Inn, a pub which dates back to the late 18th century.

Stein Inn, Skye, Scotland

Next we drove round to nearby Skyskyns, a craft operation which converts sheep sheep skins to rugs, footwear and other products. The tanning process was explained to us.

Skyeskyns, Waternish, Skye, Scotland

Waternish, Skye, Scotland

Next, round to Dunvegan and then down the coast to Sligachan via a drive-past of Talisker Distillery.

After passing through Sligachan we drove north, back to our hotel in Portree in increasingly heavy wind and rain.

Tomorrow, we travel to Oban via Glencoe.

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