Sunday, September 8, 2013

Sunday 9/8 - isle of Skye.

Got up at around 6:00 AM and it was wonderful to see the blue skies and sunshine after the drizzly and gloomy weather of Fort Williams.

Amanda took our orders for breakfast and brought it in quite quickly. I decided to skip the bacon and the Black Pudding. The coffee was delicious.

After breakfast Trish and i spent sometime with Amanda and went over the places we wanted to see, she the ones that she recommends.

A great start to what would turn out to be a a very frustrating day for a "navigator", even worse than the drive from Stirling to Fort William.
Fortunately we did manage to see most everything and they were all definitely worth it. Here they are in the order we saw them:

The unsuccessful search for the ruins at Skeabost.
Fairy Glen
View of the Isle of Lewis
Flora McDonalds Monument
Portree - boat trip
Old Man of Storr
Waterfall - 2
Kilt Rock.
Continued our unsuccessful search for the ruins on the way back.

The Fairy Glen was suggested by Amanda and very definitely worth it. It was a very unique scenery and surroundings, off the beaten path of tourist.

Our boat trip was scheduled for 2:00 PM from Portree, so we decided to stop at the Old Man of Storr, the Waterfall, and Kilt Rock on the way way back from the boat trip and drove straight on to the harbor. Picked up fish and chips from one of the many such store selling them all along the harbor.

Our guide George was from Glasgow and was a bit difficult to understand at first but it got easier the more he talked. He was not only a great guide, he knew his Geology and recommended an app for my phone for it. He himself uses a Lumia 720 and is very happy with it. The trip went over it's scheduled two hours but none of us was in any hurry, not even George.

We saw seals, Golden Eagles, and a pair of White Sea eagles, one of which swooped down to grab a fish. It was gracefully and so swift, no chance of any photograph being able to capture it to its fullest.

He also showed us The Old Man of Storr and the cave that were supposedly the Bonnie Prince Charlie hideout. We also got great views of the Cuillin Range that seemed to not only stay with us but get closer as we moved further away. George with his typical quirky sense of humor, explained this by saying it was the "moisture effect".

We had reservations for dinner at The School House back in Dunvegan and called the Donoran House to move it back for us, which they did.
We finished our site seeing and proceeded back to The Dunoran House

The dinner was excellent and surprisingly with a Mediterranean flavor. The servers helpful, friendly and attentive.

It was a very long and exhausting day but the scenery and the sites were certainly worth it.


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