Wee Trip to Scotland — Part 3

Over the sea to Skye

To Visit Skye we boo­ked a 1 Day Tour with scot­tish Tours.
Our tour starts with a dri­ve along the full length of Loch Ness. Tour through dra­ma­tic Glen Shiel to see the “Five Sis­ters” moun­tain ran­ge befo­re taking time out to visit beau­ti­ful Eile­an Donan Cast­le. Cross “over the sea to Skye” to enjoy spec­ta­cu­lar views of the Cuil­lin Hills and to visit Port­ree, the main town on the island. Return to the main­land and tour through dra­ma­tic Glen Car­ron befo­re retur­ning to Inver­ness by Ach­nas­he­en and the Black Isle.Our gui­de had all sorts of infor­ma­ti­on about the histo­ry, flo­ra and fau­na, the spawn of the sal­mon and the tra­di­ti­ons of whis­key for us. At the end of the tour we even heard gre­at music The Cor­ries and Cla­na­do­nia. With this music in the ear and the coun­try­si­de we pas­sed I was clo­se to tears (again, i know), becau­se it was just per­fect. Thanks Ian for this won­der­ful day!

Pho­tos from Eile­an Donan Cast­le, Loch Ness and the Inver­moris­ton Falls can be found in Part 1 

Stage 6

Kyleakin

We fol­lo­wed the A87 til Port­ree with some very nice Spots

The Skye Bridge (Gaelic: Dro­chaid an Eilein Sgi­the­anaich) is a road bridge over Loch Alsh, con­nec­ting the Isle of Skye to the island of Eile­an Bàn. The name is also used for the who­le Skye Crossing, which fur­t­her con­nects Eile­an Bàn to the main­land across the Car­rich Via­duct.

Tra­di­tio­nal­ly, the usu­al rou­te from the main­land to Skye was the shor­test crossing, with a length of around 500 metres (1,640 ft), across the sound bet­ween the vil­la­ges of Kyle of Loch­alsh on the main­land and Kylea­kin on the island’s east coast. A fer­ry ser­vice ope­ra­ted from around 1600, run by pri­va­te ope­ra­tors and lat­ter­ly by Cale­do­ni­an Mac­Bray­ne.

Skye Bridge

Pho­tos from Kylea­kin with View of Eile­an Bàn

Eilean Bàn

Eilean Bàn

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Stage 7

Sli­ga­chan (Gaelic: Sli­ge­achan) is a small sett­le­ment on Skye. It is clo­se to the Cuil­lin moun­ta­ins and pro­vi­des a good view­point for see­ing the Black Cuil­lin moun­ta­ins.

Sligachan

We were run­ning late and unfor­tu­n­a­te­ly the­re­fo­re had no time to visit the Sli­ga­chan Bridge and also the views of Loch Sli­ga­chan had to be done from the bus. But the wea­ther was gre­at and the view of the Cuil­lin from here fan­tastic.

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The Sli­ga­chan Hotel in the Heart of The Cuil­lin

Sligachan Hotel

Stage 8

We only had about 30 minu­tes in Port­ree. The place is crow­ded with tou­rists and it was hard­ly pos­si­ble to get an unobst­ruc­ted view to the har­bor with its pic­tures­que color­ful hou­ses. The­re­fo­re, I have only taken pic­tures of the bay and a few from the busy cen­ter. And i enjoy­ed a gre­at Cof­fee at the Grana­ry Cof­fee­shop.

Portree

Port­ree (Scot­tish Gaelic: Port Rìgh) is the lar­gest town on Skye. It is the loca­ti­on for the only secon­da­ry school on the Island, Port­ree High school. Port­ree has a har­bour with a pier desi­gned by Tho­mas Tel­ford. Attrac­tions in the town inclu­de the Àros cent­re which cele­bra­tes the island’s Gaelic heri­ta­ge. The Roy­al Hotel is the site of MacNab’s Inn, the last mee­ting place of Flo­ra Mac­Do­nald and Bon­nie Prince Char­lie in 1746. The town plays host to the Isle of Skye’s shin­ty club, Skye Cama­na­chd. Around 939 peop­le (37.72% of the popu­la­ti­on) can speak Scot­tish Gaelic.(Source Wiki­pe­dia)

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Portree Harbor

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A lion tops the Mer­cat (or Mar­ket) Cross, which dou­bles as a war memo­ri­al, in down­town Port­ree

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Stage 9

on the way back to Inver­ness we stop­ped at various points, but never for very long. I would have lik­ed a lon­ger stay espe­ci­al­ly in Broad­ford and Brea­kish, becau­se good pho­tos sim­ply need time.

Broadford

Broad­ford Bay is a magi­cal Place. I could sit the­re for hours watching just to the water and fee­ling the wind in my Hair.

Broadford Bay

Broadford Bay

on the A87 through Brea­kish

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Last View from the Skye Bridge

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2 Comments

  1. Marie Staton
    June 6
    Reply

    Loved the pho­tos and explana­ti­ons. It was like riding along with you.

    • Heike Ginger Ba
      June 11
      Reply

      Hi Marie,

      it was real­ly a dream and all of my Ladies whe­re with me..i wish you could see it one day yourself..this coun­try hold a pie­ce of my soul now..forever.. LG Hei­ke

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