Isle of Skye
I’ve just got home from an expedition to the Isle of Skye. Because the weather was poor, with incredibly low visibility in the mountains, I didn’t get to do what I set out to do. I was planning to walk the Trotternish Ridge – which is the backbone of the north-west part of the Island.
So instead, I caught the bus and spent a few days at Lookout Bothy at Rhuba Hunnish – the most northerly part of the island – high up on the cliffs, the bothy looks out to sea, occasionally where whales and dolphins can be sighted.
While at Lookout Bothy, I went to visit a castle Duntulm just around the coast. This now not so impressive castle – due to the fact that its tower has gone – still sits up high on the cliff edge. Visitors are not encouraged to go into the castle grounds, due to subsidence. But it still makes for an impressive photo.
After Lookout Bothy, I headed south again to the Old Man of Storr, just north of Portree. The cloud cover on the hills didn’t allow for very clear shots of the Old Man, but I think I essentially captured the size of the colossal Obelix, which I am sure to the ancients would have been very important.
From there I stayed in Portree for a few days – also visiting the Fairy Glen at Uig.
From Portree, I made my way to Dornie, back on the Mainland not far from the Kyle of Lochalsh Bridge and spent a day or two looking at Eilean Donan castle. Eilean Donan Castle is owned by the Laird of the Macrae clan and at the gate of the bridge that crosses the loch is the coat of arms of the Macrae’s. The Castle is on a small tidal island where three sea lochs meet, Loch Duich, Loch Long and Loch Alsh, in the western Highlands of Scotland. The castle was founded in the thirteenth century and became a stronghold of the Clan Mackenzie and their allies the Clan MacRae. Lieutenant-Colonel John Macrae-Gilstrap’s twentieth-century reconstruction of the ruins produced the present buildings.