A must see on a visit to Scotland is the beautiful Isle of Skye. It is also known as the island of fog and offers in addition to their unpredictable weather a wild natural scenery, great destinations and some culinary delights. Here you could read where our route on the Isle of Skye led us and what you should know about it.
We are ferryed from the picturesque fishing village of Mallaig to Armadale. Book your ferry crossing on www.calmac.co.uk before you start the trip, so you can be sure to get a seat. In summer, the ride can be very crowded. I drove on a ferry for the first time with the car and proudly I can report despite millimeter work when parking and left-hand traffic, our car had not a single scratch. The crossing took about an hour. Our ferry was accompanied by a seal that occasionally stuck its head out. By having such wonderful weather we sat on deck, enjoying the sunshine and nature.
After arrival we drove directly to our accommodation Ancala in Ardvasar. A beautiful, modern building, right on the waterfront. The modern decor is anything but typical Scottish but we immediately felt at home. A highlight was the breathtaking sunrise over the water, in which the sky glowed. It is really worth to get up early. Although I must confess that the sunset fascinated me, but then I had to lie down again because I was just so tired. Over the whole trip to Scotland this stylish accommodation was the most expensive but it was really worth it. In Ardvasar we visited The Inn at Ardvasar for dinner. The meal was delicious. Afterwards we watched the locals fishing and enjoyed the great sunset and the atmosphere at the pier of Ardvasar.
A great Scottish breakfast then fortified us for our round trip to Glen Sligachan with its fairy pools. A place that is one of the highlights of the Isle of Skye.After our hike, which hid some adventure, we went to Colbost a very small village in the west of the island.
The accommodation in Hazelbank was by far not as fancy as the accommodation in Ardavasar, but it made it all the more comfortable. Again, we felt at home. Another highlight followed this evening - the visit of Neist Point Lighthouse. Neist Point is a small peninsula of the Isle of Skye and with its white and yellow painted lighthouse it marks the westernmost point of the Scottish island. The view from the rock to the lighthouse at sunset has something magical.
As long as we were in the area we ate at the Edinbane Inn, in the small town of Edinbane. There I tasted Cullen Skink, a thick Scottish soup made from smoked haddock, potatoes and onions for the first time. A delicacy and really great to warm up when the Scottish weather strikes.
Skye has offered us a lot of culinary things, because on the next day at Hazelbank B & B I ate was the best porridge I've ever tasted with a dash of real cream and the water of life - whiskey. Simply unsurpassable.
On the third day we explored the west and north. First we went to the capital Portree. It is also the only city on Skye with about 2,300 inhabitants. In the village there are some cute little shops where you can buy very charming decoration and there is the harbor, which is a rewarding and much seen motif with its colorful house front.After the Battle of Culloden Charles Edward Stuart arrived in the early summer of 1746 in Portree, where he dined at the Inn of Charles McNab. Because he was not safe there, his journey continued.
Our journey continued to the north. The scenery on Skye is fantastic. A well-known rock formation is the Old Man Storr, a 48 meter high rock needle. It is located 10 kilometers north of Portree. The name Storr comes from Old Norse and means big. Unfortunately, we only saw the rock pass by, but the next time I visit Skye, I will hike up.
Our next destination was Kilt Rock and the Mealt Falls. The cliff is said to have its name from its similarity to the pattern of a Kilt. The Mealt falls plunges down this steep coast into the roaring sea.Day three was packed with sights. Wherever a lot of cars are on the street there is usually something to see. We stoppedat the ruins of Duntulum Castle.
A medieval fortification on a basalt rock that belonged to the Clan McDonald of Sleat in the 14th century. Today, the castle can only be viewed illegally and at your own risk from the inside, because the remains of the walls threaten to overthrow the sea along with the cliff.
Last but not least, we visited the fairies in their home at Uig, because according to legend, Fairy Glen is home to little magical creatures. At the sight of the landscape you can almost believe it even if you are a non-Scot. Explore the area and climb Castle Ewen, the towering rock, and enjoy the magical world.
The next morning it was time to say goodbye to the almost bizarre and beautiful island. About the Skye Bridge we drove back to the mainland. Unfortunately, it was over too soon. I know with certainty that I will come back, because there is still so much to discover on the Island of the fog.
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