Quiraing, Skye

This morning, we departed our lodgings at Kyleakin and drove N.W. to our first stop at the scenic viewpoint at Sligachan where can be seen Beinn Bhreac and other mountains together with the River Drynoch.


Next north to the principal town on the island of Portree. Here we visited the colourful harbour, where was moored a visiting cruise ship, then visited various shops and availed of refreshments before moving on.

Portree, Skye.

Next, further north to the Trotternish region where we encountered a group of farmers with their sheep and border collies with the geological feature known as Old Man of Storr in the distance.

Landscape with Old Man of Storr in distance

Sheep farmers with border collies

Next to the viewpoint to see Kilt Rock and Mealt Falls.

Mealt Falls and Kilt Rock.

Next, along a minor road across top of the island which took us the famous Quiraing geological feature (prehistoric landslip) and then on to Uig on the west aside of the island. Uig is a harbour where we availed and lunch and witnessed the movements of the ferry service which connects with the Outer Hebrides.

Quiraing, Skye

Ferry to Outer Hebrides

Next to the nearby Fairy Glen, which comprises a small valley populated with conical hills.

Fairy Glen

Next, a drive of about 40 minutes to Dunvegan Castle which is the seat of the Chief of Clan Macleod with a record of occupation dating back about 800 years.

Dunvegan Castle.

Highland Garden at Dunvegan Castle.

Highland Garden at Dunvegan Castle.

Rare and endangered Twite (Finch) spotted at Dunvegan Castle Visitor Centre.

Finally, we returned to Kyleakin via coastal routes stopping to photograph a quaint old cottage with a traditional thatched roof and then dinner at Broadford.

Traditional thatched cottage

Tomorrow we return to Glasgow via Glencoe.

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