Black Face Sheep on roadside en-route to Fort William

Tody was characterised by a dull but dry morning turning to intermittent rain during the afternoon.

The deterioration in weather forced cancellation of our planned ferry crossing from Mallaig to Skye and a consequent re-route via Fort William and the Skye Bridge.

First, we departed our lodgings at Craignure, Mull and drove a short distance to connect with the ferry from Fishnish to Lochaline. Once back on the mainland we embarked on a backroads tour (mainly along single track roads) via Loch Sunnart and Loch Linnhe to Corran and then on to Fort William where we arrived about 11.45 am and promptly availed of refreshments.

Ferry approaching Lochaline

Lochaline, Scotland

Video clips below provide a flavour for the type of scenery encountered.

After departing Fort William we drove north to Spean Bridge where we stopped to view the Commando Monument then further north to Invergarry and west stopping to view the famous Eilean Donan Castle at Dornie which sits at the confluence of lochs Duich, Long and Alsh.

Commando Memorial

Eilean Donan Castle

Next, across the Skye Bridge and then south to Armadale where we visited the Museum of the Isles which affords a good insight into all aspects of local history  including cultural and social history, Somerled and the Sea Kingdom, Clan Donald, the Glencoe Massacre, Jacobite Uprising, emigration, Armadale Castle and much more.

Scottish Heather in Bloom.

Museum of the Isles

Museum Exhibit.

Historic weaponry: pistols, dirk and targe.

Replica bunk on emigrant ship, c. 1837.

Historic weaponry.

Next, we checked into our lodgings at Kyleakin and then dinner at local restaurant.

Tomorrow we tour the island of Skye.