Black Cuillin Mountains from Sligachan, Skye, Scotland

This morning, we departed from our base in Fort William for Isle of Skye, a trip which had been delayed by 24 hours due to impact of adverse weather on the ferry crossing.

From Fort William we drove first to Glenfinnan, a small village which is famous for:

  • Landing place of Bonnie Prince Charlie in 1745 in his quest to regain the thrones of England and Scotland for the Stewart dynasty by force.
  • Location of Glenfinnan Viaduct aka ‘Harry Potter Bridge’.
  • Above viaduct ranking as world’s first concrete bridge.

Glenfinnan Monument

Loch Shiel at Glenfinnan

After a short stop at Glenfinnan we moved on to the port of Mallaig, tracking the coastline and various lochs (lakes) en-route.

Mallaig Harbour

At Mallaig our ferry departed on time at 11.00am and we duly arrived Armadale, Skye 30 minutes later.

Next, we drove round to Broadford then north to the island’s capital of Portree where we stopped for lunch.  Portree was extremely busy.

Portree Harbour, Skye

After a brief visit to Portree Harbour and shops we continued north to the Trotternish region. En-route we stopped to photograph a waterfall, peat cuttings and a rock feature known as the Old Man of Storr.

Old Man of Storr, Trotternish, Skye.

Waterfall at Trotternish.

Peat Cutting at Trotternish

Next we called in at Kilt Rock and waterfall before moving on via a shortcut across the tip of the island to view the Quiraing geological feature which is caused by volcanic basalt erupting on to weaker sedimentary rock and causing a land slip. Parking and traffic management at the Quiraing site leave much to be desired.

Kilt Rock, Skye

Quiraing, Isle of Skye

Quiraing, Skye.

Next, to Uig then south to Portree and on to the Sligachan viewpoint comprising river and mountains.

Reflections at Sligachan

Next, to Broadford then across the Skye Bridge and on to Dornie where we made a brief stop to photograph the famous Eilean Donan Castle, home to Clan MacRae.

Eilean Donan Castle, Dornie, Scotland

Finally, we returned to Fort William via a scenery comprising mountains and lochs . In the evening we dined at the Ben Nevis Inn where traditional Scottish music entertainment was provided.

Entertainers at Ben Nevis Inn, Fort William.

Traditional Scottish Music Band at Ben Nevis Inn

Throughout the day we had experienced intermittent rain. This and similar experiences of high precipitation on other days has to be viewed in context of 2017 rainfall in Scotland being 37 pct higher than average over past three months with negative implications for the farming industry.

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