Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Scotland Day 3 (Skye and the Trotternish)

Hello, everyone.

Our third day in Scotland was spent exploring the Trotternish - the northernmost part of the Isle of Skye.  This was, by far, my favorite part of our trip.  (All of my photos from day three can be found here).

We began with the Fairy Glen in Uig.

It was finally my turn to drive, but I had no problems with left versus right, since all of the roads on the northern part of the island were single lane rural roads. It's like driving leap frog. Go a ways, pause for cars to pass, go a bit further. 

After Uig, we continued along the A855 to the Skye Museum of Island Life and the Kilmuir Graveyard.  This cemetery is the last resting place of Flora MacDonald, as well as the gravestone of Angus Martin, represented by a carved effigy of a knight in armour.

 A short distance beyond Kilmuir is Duntulm, where the ruins of a castle sit on a promontory jutting out into the North Atlantic.

As the day wore on, we were getting pretty hungry, but there were not very many food options along our route. We eventually spied a flag flapping along the road announcing "burgers and fries." That will do.  We stopped at the Village Shoppe in Staffin and were delighted to have an amazing Samosa Chat for lunch. What a great find! We ate at the picinic tables outside, enjoying a view of the Quiraing and the sea (and, of course, sheep).

As we continued our drive along A855, we made a quick stop to view Kilt Rock and the Mealt Falls.

We then headed to the Storr to hike up to the Old Man of Storr.  The hike is only about four kilometers, but it goes straight up. It took Glenn awhile to believe that I was serious about going to the top.  In the end, he agreed it was worth it. The views were fabulous. It's the type of place you can spend all day, watching the light shift.

We ended our day back in Portree, where we had a scrumptious dinner at Dulse and Brose in the Bosville Hotel - locally sourced ingredients, full of flavor, and absolutely delectable desserts.

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