An early start (by holiday standards!) had us on the road once more driving to the Isle of Skye, before I continue let me state for the records the roads are amazing up here and driving is so far removed from driving ‘down South’! Sweeping bends, undulating hills and the most amazing scenery you could hope to see! So even though we covered a lot of miles in the car it was always with a smile and a sense of wonder at what was around the next corner!
Anyway, back to the day! The Isle of Skye is now connected to the mainland for a few years now and it makes it that much more accessible for day trippers like Louise and I. The bridge is not what I expected (It’s not the prettiest gateway to the isle you could imagine) but it is special in its own way, approaching its steep curve I did feel like a stunt driver with just the sky and tarmac ahead of us as we headed for its cresent.
First port of call was the largest town Portree for a spot of lunch (Steak Pie for me and Mushroom and Brie Ciabatta for Louise, thank you for asking) following which we headed for our 1st real destination ‘The old man of Storr’.
This craggy outcrop was an invigorating hour-long walk up the hillside, but the views once near the rocks was amazing. To be honest the old man of Storr looked very impressive from the approaching road also, but you had to hike to get the best views!
We had to cut our walk to the summit a little short as we had a number of places we wanted to visit. Yes I was also knackered and the wind was really getting up (the lean into type of wind!) so we headed back down at a pace. Luckily our timing was spectacular. The heavens opened just as we returned to the car, when I say opened… I mean biblical rain. Of course being Scotland, it was sunny again within 10 minutes!
The next stop after some more winding (empty!) roads was Kilt Rock and it’s waterfall, one thing not captured in the photos was the tubular safety rails playing an almost melodic tune in the high winds!
Next it was time for afternoon tea…. (note to reader, this is not turning into a food blog…..) I’d found a very recommended place on Trip Advisor a mile or 2 from Kilt rock called Ellishadder Art Cafe a lovely home (We had to double take as we approached the door!) that sold the owners art and made some very scrumptious cakes, coffee’s and teas. If your passing drop in, it’s lovely with some great art to purchase.
Our final destination of the day following yet another amazing drive (and a small hike) was Coral Beach, it’s well hidden, not signposted and off the beaten track, but it’s an amazing stretch of coral sand on the north of the island. The white coral and turquoise water is completely at odds with the surrounding black volcanic rocks and green fields, it creates a very Caribbean feel, just the fleece and gloves we were wearing reminded us we were in the far North of Scotland.
Watching the rain falling in the distance was mesmerizing!
The coral was amazing close up.
Walking back we had the nagging feeling we were being watched….. 10 or so seals were happily watching us watching them or playing around with each other, it took me an age to get Louise to start the walk back to the car and had me wishing for a higher zoom lens.
We had such a great day in Skye, on the drive home we saw more deer than cars on the road! The scenery is so varied on the Isle with snow capped mountains, amazing bays, rolling hills, lochs and some really quiet unspoilt areas of natural beauty that would take some beating anywhere in the UK you really should pay it a visit.