Isle OF Skye, Scotland #1
Part 1: My Adventure To The Isle Of Skye (August 2016)
The Isle of Skye is one of the top locations in Scotland to visit. It is famous for its scenery and landscapes that will take your breath away. The Isle of Skye is renowned for its beauty, history, culture and of course abundance of wildlife. There are many opportunities for walking, fishing and wildlife spotting including possible sighting of otters, whales and dolphins. The Isle of Skye has recently been voted ‘4th best island in the world by National Geographic magazine’.
Me & My Partner made our way to Skye a 300 mile trip for us with an estimated time of 6 and a half hours. We were heading to Ardvasar on the Isle of Skye, more specifically Homeleigh Bed & Breakfast Ardvasar, Sleat, Isle of Skye.
Homeleigh Bed & Breakfast is a fabulous place to stay with amazing views and amazing hosts! They do however happen to be my partners Auntie & Uncle so you might think I’m being biased but I can honestly say they are brilliant hosts and really make every effort with their guests and their requirements, their home is really nice they’ve done a fab job with the bedrooms, you’ll have to see for yourself!
Day 1 – Arrival
We set off at 4am in the morning from our home in the The Lake District. We had a steady journey stopping if we needed to not rushing ourselves, I happened to fall asleep for part of the journey so that killed some time! We arrived 12 noon, 8 hours it took us all together with traffic and a couple of stops. We took the bridge option to Skye on our way, however, we took the ferry on our way back.
Day 2 – Portree & More
We woke up fresh from our comfy night sleep and lack of sleep from travelling night before! We had a lovely breakfast cooked by Deb while Charlie informed us of things to do and places to see. We decided we would visit Portree.
We set off to Portree around 9.15 am and arrived approx 10.25 am, you can see from the map that we went from the south of Skye to the middle east of the Island. Portree, is the main town on the Isle of Skye, it’s a bustling port and a thriving cultural centre.
Portree was created as a fishing village at the beginning of the 19th century by the then Lord MacDonald. The name Portree is popularly thought to derive from a visit by King James V (of Scotland) in 1540 but the area around the harbour was called Portree or Portray long before the arrival of the king. Its name really comes from the Gaelic for Port on the Slope.
It has everything a visitor could wish for – banks, churches, cafes and restaurants, a cinema at the Aros Centre, a swimming pool and library at the school, gift and book shops, a tourist information centre, petrol filling stations and supermarkets, one in the village and a larger one out on the Dunvegan Road.
We managed to find hidden paths which took us on routes around the harbour and gave us some really nice vantage points for views of the area and the harbour. We bought postcards ready to send out later in the week and ate our lunch in a lovely little cafe called The Caledonian Café.
Next we headed to an old stone bridge (often called Sligachan Stone Bridge) which is directly across the road from the Sligachan Hotel and just blends perfectly with the surrounding countryside.
We also went to the Eilean Donan Castle in Kyle of Lochalsh which is the area we came to last on mainland before Skye. It is a breath taking castle seen from the roadside with many cars pulling over and stopping to take photographs.
It is recognised as one of the most iconic images of Scotland all over the world. Situated on an island at the point where three great sea Lochs meet, and surrounded by some majestic scenery, it is little wonder that the castle is now one of the most visited and important attractions in the Scottish Highlands. We were impressed with just £7 for an adult ticket to wonder round the castle estate and inside the castle.
The castle has been in many films including, Highlander (1986), James Bond – The World is Not Enough (1999), Made of Honour Rom Com and many more…worth a visit and its great for photographs!