WEEK 22-23 – Skye

  

10 days travelling around Skye

Campervan 

I had always planned to visit Skye rather than walk around it and this had to be planned in advance, without knowing where I’d be at this point. It all turned out rather well as it happened and I really enjoyed my trip back up North, via Glasgow, Knoydart and Inverness, to get to Skye. My Skye road trip became my farewell to the Highlands, a place I’ve loved (despite the bad weather). 

This was a gastronomic and wild swim tour of Skye and I loved it. Having a campervan was great and there was an even mix of wild camping and campsites. I think we actually had a whole week without rain…unheard of in Scotland for me this summer. 

I think we travelled to every corner of Skye, crisscrossing from Waternish to Trotternish to Strathaird to Sleat to Duirnish to Minginnish. Highlights as follows:

1. All the wild swimming. I made it into the Fairy Pools at Glen Brittle (in spite of the worst midges I’ve experienced), dipped in various pools carved into rocks by the burns and went in the sea at Point of Sleat and Talisker Bay.  

Swimming at Lealt Falls, North of Portree
  
The walk to the Fairy Pools at the foot of the Black Cuillins
 
 
A beautiful beach for a swim at Point of Sleat
  
A chance for some body surfing in Talisker Bay

 2. The Cuillins. What magnificent mountains. Although I didn’t walk up them I did get a boat from Elgol to Loch Coruisk and walked up Sgurr na Stri, the 495m high hill that faces the Cuillins.  

Loch Coruisk
  
What a view of The Cuillins
  
Looking back at the Cuillins from the boat (Sgurr an Stri on the right)

 3. Great food. I was lucky enough to sample 2 great restaurants: Loch Bay in Stein (sea food only) and The Three Chimneys at Carbost. Thank goodness for wild camping so no need to drive anywhere! The. There was The Oyster Shed in Carbost and a lovely cafe in one of the houses I have previously admired on Grand Designs.  

The Oyster Shed, with view of The Cuillins
  
One of my favourite Grand Designs houses, Trotternish
 
4. Wonderful views. Sunny days make for great views. It was also nice to stand at the Point of Sleat and look across at Knoydart, Mallaig and Eigg.  

Walking the Quiraing, Trotternish
  
Views of the Small Isles from Sleat
  
Coral Beaches, Claigan, near Dunvegan
  
Kilt Rock waterfall, North of Portree
  
The Cuillins
  
Morning mist at Portree
 
5. The wildlife. There was always something to see. I didn’t manage to see an otter but I might have seen a pair of Eagles soaring above Glen Brittle. They were certainly enormous but too far away to identify. I saw a buzzard immediately after that was much closer and yet smaller.  

Highland coos
 Such a great holiday. Hopefully I’ll be back soon.  

 

4 thoughts on “WEEK 22-23 – Skye

  1. chris frazer September 20, 2015 / 11:16 am

    Stunning, stunning just stunning…..Skype now on my bucket list! The sunset is glorious……..absolutely beautiful.

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  2. Val K September 20, 2015 / 11:38 am

    Skye looks amazing and once again the photography stunning. So pleased you had a good
    holiday. Val x

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  3. jomunday99 September 21, 2015 / 6:48 am

    Fantastic photos. I’m catching up with all the blogs since the start of August – looking forward to it!

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  4. Donna Munday September 21, 2015 / 11:33 pm

    Awesome! Definitely want to go back there. Dxx

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