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Dunvegan Castle, Skye

Today was characterised by a wet morning and a relatively dry afternoon.

We departed our lodgings in Plockton and drove north across the Skye Bridge through Broadford tracking the coast with first stop at Portree, the island’s principal town, where we stopped to visit shops and the colourful harbour.

Portree Harbour

Portree Harbour, Skye

Somerled Square, Portree

Next, we continued north along a rugged coastal route with Old Man of Storr geological feature on left to our first stop at Kilt Rock and Mealt Waterfall.

Mealt Falls, Skye

Next, on through Staffin to the Quiraing, another geological feature created when basalt lava flowed on to weak sedimentary rock causing a major land slip, about 60m years ago.

Quiraing, Skye

Next to the harbour of Uig where we availed of  lunch.

Uig Bay, Skye

Next to the nearby Fairy Glen and then on to the popular site of Dunvegan Castle which is home to the Chief of Clan MacLeod.

Fairy Glen, Skye

Garden archway at Dunvegan Castle

Garden waterfall at Dunvegan Castle

Dunvegan Castle, Skye

Finally, we returned down the east side through Sligachan.

Tomorrow, we move on to Inverness.

Scottish saltire flag at Glenfinnan

Today was characterised by mixed weather with temperature relatively cool.

We departed our lodgings in Fort William and drove to the railway station to view the Jacobite Express Steam Train aka ‘Harry Potter Train’ which was preparing for departure to Mallaig.

Jacobite Express at Fort William

Next, to nearby Ben Nevis Distillery where we joined a tour which explained the malting, mashing, fermentation, distillation and maturation processes culminating in a sample of the single malt.

Ben Nevis Distillery whisky

Stills at Ben Nevis Distillery

Next to the popular site of Glenfinnan where we again connected with the Jacobite Express which had pulled into the station for ten minutes. Then we access the visitor centre from where we could view the Glenfinnan Viaduct (‘Harry Potter Bridge’) and Glenfinnan Monument at head of Loch Shiel. Latter commemorates the landing place of Bonnie Prince Charlie in 1745 in a failed attempt to acquire the thrones of England and Scotland by force.

Glenfinnan Monument

Loch Shiel, Scotland

Next, we continued to Mallaig first taking a diversion to view Scotland’s deepest loch, Loch Morar. On arrival at Mallaig we availed of lunch and then undertook a brief tour of the Arisaig region where we encountered coastal scenery, golf course, deer and a rare breeds sheep.

Loch Morar Scenery

Jacobite Express at Mallaig

Mallaig

CalMac ferries at Mallaig

Deer

Rare Breeds sheep

Next, we caught the ferry to Armadale on Skye and then travelled to our destination of Plockton via the Skye Bridge and another coastal drive.

Plockton Harbour

Tomorrow we tour the Isle of Skye.

Deer in Glen Etive, Scotland

Today’s weather was characterised by gale force winds and heavy rain as a consequence of which (a)we had to curtail time at certain sightseeing locations and (b) I have had to resort to library images to illustrate some of the stops. However, there was a plus side to the adverse weather in that the heavy rainfall resulted in spectacular waterfalls cascading off the mountains coupled with turbulent rivers, particularly in the Glen Etive region where the river was in full spate.

We departed Glasgow and progressively moved north stopping at Luss on Loch Lomond then Tyndrum for refreshments.

Library image of Luss village

Next across rugged Rannoch Moor then down the single track road through Glen Etive which has become famous as a location for the James Bond Skyfall film. Here we encountered spectacular scenery embellished by the wind and rain.

Glen Etive scenery

Glen Etive scenery

Loch Etive, Scotland

After returning to the main highway we moved  stropping for photographs of the Glen Coe mountainous scenery and called in for lunch at the local visitor centre.

Massacre of Glencoe, 13 February 1692

Water streaming off mountains at Glencoe.

Mountains at Glencoe

Next, we moved on via lochs Leven and Linnhe to Glen Nevis where we benefited from the mountainous scenery, views of Highland Cows and the Lower Falls waterfall in full spate.

Finally, we arrived at our destination for the night of Fort William where we checked into our lodgings.

Fort William, Scotland