Isle Of Skye, Scotland #3
Part 3: My Adventure To The Isle Of Skye (August 2016)
Day 5 – No Car but making the most of it!
We booked the car into the garage, which was booked in for 9 am next day, soonest he could do. We decided we would take a walk to the Clan Donald Skye’s Visitor Centre which is located in Armadale not far from where we were staying. (see map) We had lunch here at The Stables Cafe.
We also did some errand for Deb when we took a walk down to find the ferry port, where there is some nice little shops and we picked up some bread for her ready for breakfast the next day. We also had a drink at the Ardvasar Hotel Pub not far from the B&B with nice views. We also went to the fairy glen beach and had it all to ourselves! We then just went back for our evening meal and sat and relaxed watching some of the Olympics etc.
Day 6 – Still no car but making the most of it!
We had breakfast at 8.30am before the guests arrived for theirs. I sat out in the front garden on the swing chair they have (pictured left of the house) listening to some music and soaking in some sunshine!
Later on we had a walk out back to the ferry port area where we had lunch in a local cafe their which was nice, we sat outside on the decking/gravel area in the sunshine.
We then went for a walk round ‘The Woodland Walk’ which is a short walk that leads you to an otter/seal hideout hut where you can watch the seals and otters play and sunbath on the rocks etc. Their was also swings (which we had to have a go on!) and arty things in the woods and wild camping and children’s play areas, it was quite a nice place to retreat to.
We then headed back to the B&B and sat up high in the garden watching the boats and ferries go across to Mallaig. Mallaig you can soak up the atmosphere of a working fishing port but at the same time its remote location makes is a great place to relax as a destination. We then settled for the night and ate with Debs and Charlie (My Partners Auntie & Uncle).
Day 7 – The Final Full Day!
We had breakfast at 8.15 am this morning, nice and early start to the day. We still had no car so we opted to wait and help Deb and Charlie with the B&B duties so then we could have a trip out with them to some of the places we never got to explore, as their was no new guests arriving or at least not until later in the evening.
We went to Kilt Rock, waterfall, ^above^. The famous Kilt Rock is a sea cliff in north east Trotternish. It is said to resemble a kilt, with vertical basalt columns to form the pleats and intruded sills of dolerite forming the pattern.
This is a popular stopping point on the road between Portree and Staffin and there is a large car park by the waterfall. (See Map) You have to look north up the coast to see the Kilt Rock. The other point of interest is the Mealt waterfall, which, fed from nearby Mealt Loch, plummets from the top of the cliffs to the rock-laden coast below, it freefalls off the cliff for 60m. On clear days, the Isle of Lewis and even mainland Scotland can be seen from the Trotternish Peninsula.
We also went past The Old Man Of Storr, picture above^. (see map) This is probably the most famous walk on the Island and definitely the busiest. The ‘Old Man’ is a large pinnacle of rock that stands high and can be seen for miles around. As part of the Trotternish ridge the Storr was created by a massive ancient landslide, leaving one of the most photographed landscapes in the world. We had hoped to do this walk which uses the same path up and down, starting & returning at the same point (the carpark). It covers a distance of 3.8km, with the average time to complete the walk being 1 hour 15 minutes, so maybe when we go back we can do this one.
We also went past and briefly stopped at The Quiraing (see map). This is an essential walk for any photographer as it passes though some of the most spectacular landscapes in Scotland, it’s a shame I never got to do this one but maybe next time we go. It’s part of the Trotternish ridge it has been formed by a massive landslip which has created high cliffs, hidden plateaus and pinnacles of rock. The Quiraing walk is a loop, returning you to the same point (the carpark). It covers a distance of 6.8km, with the average time to complete the walk being 2 hours (with no stops).
We also had a brief stop at Uig. (see map) Uig tends to be seen as less a part of Skye than a stepping stone en route to the Western Isles. It is from here that you catch the ferry to various Islands. A road was built to Uig from Portree in 1812, and by 1840 a pier had been built and steamers were providing regular services to Tarbert on Harris, Lochmaddy on North Uist,and elsewhere in North West Scotland. We looked round a couple of the shops and my partner bought some local beer/ale to try!
We travelled back to the B&B and got the great news our car was fixed and ready to collect, just in time for us travelling back the next day! We then had an evening meal at Plockton Shores Restaurant, Plockton. I had a local Butchers Marinated Chicken Supreme style dish with Lemon, Basil and potatoes and veg, it was delicious and is a nice place to eat out.
Day 8 – Goodbye Skye
We caught the ferry (The CalMac Ferries Ltd) The Armadale to Mallaig across this time which actually knocked off 2 hours to our journey time! We were very lucky we had nice weather for the week with cloudy spells and sunshine, especially when Skye had thick fog and rain for 2-3 weeks before we came!
…there you have it our jam packed week of adventure, Thanks for reading!