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At Fairy Pools, Skye

This morning, we departed our Duisdale lodgings and embarked on a trip as follows:

First, drive north towards the village of Staffin stopping en-route to photograph the Old Man of Storr.

Old Man of Storr, Skye, Scotland

Next  on to Staffin where we connected with a local natural history expert at Staffin Museum. Staffin and other nearby locations have produced good specimens of fossilised dinosaur footprints dating from the Jurrasic period. The museum holds some original fossils and some copies. The expert took us to Staffin beach and location of some footprints remaining in situ but, unfortunately, the specific location was covered in sand. We did see evidence of fossilised oysters.

Location of (sand covered) fossilised Dinosaur footprint, Staffin

Staffin Beach, Skye, Scotland

Dinosaur Footprints at Staffin, Skye

Dinosaur footprint at Staffin Museum, Skye

Jurassic era Dinosaur footprints, Staffin, Skye

Next, across the northern tip of Skye, past the Quiraing and Uig Bay to the Fairy Glen which is as small valley populated with conical shaped hills.

Fairy Glen, Skye

Uig Bay

Next, south to the Fairy Pools, about one hour drive from Uig. This is an extremely popular site comprising of a series of pools created and by and filled by a fast flowing stream which appears to drain from the nearby Cuillin Hills and cascades down into the valley below.The water temperature is very cold in which context we encountered a couple swimming in wet suits. Access to the Pools entails a round trip hike of about 1.5 miles.

Trail to Fairy Pools

Fairy Pools, Skye, Scotland

Fairy Pools, Skye, Scotland

Fairy Pools, Skye, Scotland

Finally, we returned to Broadford and then on to our lodgings in Duisdale.

Highland Cow near Elgol

This morning, after a breakfast of kippers, we availed of a short walk around Arisaig, including the harbour, marina,village and the Czech and Slovak War Memorial from WW2.

Czech and Slovak War Memorial

Kippers (fish)

Arisaig, Scot;land

Next, a few miles north to Mallaig to connect with the ferry to Armadale, Skye where we duly arrived late morning.

Ferry from Mallaig to Skye


Next we spent time at Armadale Castle and Gardens including the well presented museum of the Isles.

Armadale Castle Gardens

Armadale Castle Gardens, Skye

Armadale Castle, Skye.

After lunch at Armadale we embarked on 30 miles round trip along a single track road to Elgol, a remote coastal spot offering excellent views of the Cuillin Hills. En-route we encountered superb Skye mountainous scenery, sheep with lambs and Highland Cows on the road.

Traffic Hazard. Elgol

Elgol, Skye

Road to Elgol

Road to Elgol

Road to Elgol

After return to our lodgings near Armadale we had dinner at Isle Ornsay, a popular former fishing harbour.

Tomorrow we explore other aspects of Skye.

Friendly Red Deer at King House Hotel, Glencoe

This evening, we are in Arisaig, a small coastal village on the West of Scotland with sea views across the Sound of Arisaig and the isle of Eigg. Legend has it the real Long John Silver lived and worked in this area before becoming a fictional character created by R.L. Stevenson.

We departed Glasgow this morning and headed north:

  • First stop Balloch for lunch.
  • Next, tracked western shore of Loch Lomond through Crianlarich and Tyndrum.
  • Next, across the desolate Rannoch Moor, which has changed little since end of last ice age.
  • Next, Glencoe, a famous scenic spot where occurred a massacre in 1692. Here there was hints of snow on the mountains. We also encountered a small number of friendly Red Deer at Kings House Hotel.

Classic view of Glencoe scenery

View of Glencoe from Kings House Hotel

Glencoe scenery with deer in foreground

Achnambeithach, Glencoe

  • Next, along east side of Loch Linnhe then Fort William to Glenfinnan. Here we stopped to view the Glenfinnan ¬†Monument commemorating the landing of Bonnie Prince Charlie in 1745, and the Glenfinnan Viaduct aka ‘Harry Potter Bridge’.

Loch Shiel, Glenfinnan, Scotland.

Glenfinnan Viaduct, world’s first concrete bridge.

Glenfinnan Monument, Scotland d

  • Finally, we arrived at Arisaig as the weather deteriorated.

Tomorrow, we move on to the Isle of Skye.