Monday, July 28, 2014

Exploring the Isle of Skye

How can I possibly describe the beauty of Skye? Green peaks rising from deep blue lochs, white houses clustered on hillsides overlooking bays dotted with fishing boats. Mists giving way to shafts of sunlight.

Day 3 in Scotland:

We visited Dunvegan castle (seat of the MacLeod clan) on the western side of the island, missing a clan meeting and visit by Her Royal Princess by 2 days.

Just north of Dunvegan, up a one track road and small hike through the fields we came upon the famous Coral Beach of Claigan, a spot of beach glowing peachy white with bits of dessicated and sun-bleached algae that resemble coral. (Sorry, camera battery died so no photos!)

We swung around to the Capitol of Skye, Portree, for a spot of tea. Then decided to pick up pizza and have a picnic dinner along the tiny road to our B&B.

Isle of Skye is at the 57 parallel with long summer days and since the sun was planning to stay up late, we did too. A drive south to Sleat (pronounced Slate) took us to more picturesque hamlets and some castle ruins, my favorite Castle Knock stronghold of the MacDonald clan.

An aside... Getting to our B&B

Google maps tried its hardest to guide us to our B&B, got us as far as Broadford, and routed us right to the post office (charming red and white post office and craft shop all in one!). By trial and error and a lot of faith we turned onto a tiny one track road (started as a cart path and looks quite a bit like one still). Curving through green hillsides with open views we wound our way past cows and sheep to the Art House B&B in Heaste (pronounced Haste).

Proprietors Sally and Rob delightful, interesting, artistic, beach combers... Can you tell why I booked this B&B months ago?


1 comment:

  1. Great images, Bev. I am so enjoying 'my' visit to Skye. :) Joie