Saturday, December 28, 2019

Isle of Skye, Scotland. Part 2

Wed 23 October 2019

The rain did not stop from last night and it was still raining today. We only had one day left at Isle of Skye to cover Neist Point, Dunvegan castle, Fairy pools and Old Man of Storr today.

Neist Point

Hoping that the rain would stop, we waited a bit before venturing out, but it was not to be. It kept on raining with no sign of stopping. So at 9am, we started our adventure today to Neist Point. It was a 1 hour drive from our place in Uig pasing through single track roads which are ubiquitous in Isle of Skye. When we reached Neist Point, it rained heavily and the wind was blowing strongly. We decided to carry on to walk to the lighthouse, take some pictures and then turn back to our car since we drove so far already to reach this place. It was a struggle to take pictures in those conditions, we just managed with what we could, but it was still worth it.

Neist point

Neist point

Neist point lighthouse

No Dunvegan

After Neist Point, we drove on to Dunvegan castle, hoping to see some Highland cows, but alas, the castle was already closed for the season and would only open back in April!

No Fairy pools

From Dunvegan, we went to Fairy pools, but still no luck today. It was still raining and we were told by the parking attendant that the route to the waterfall was flooded and was advised not to hike there. So we only took some pictures from the parking lot, which was not really great, but nothing that we could do.

Fairy pools from parking lot rainy view

Old Man of Storr

We then stopped by the town of Portree, which is the capital of Isle of Skye to take some pictures (and still raining!). Last stop for today was Old Man of Storr, a rocky hill on the Trotternish peninsular (from Wikipedia) which is also a landslip like Quiraing which we hiked yesterday. We didn't hike the Old Man of Storr as it was still raining. We only took the pictures of the landmark pinnacles which are  remnants of ancient landslips.

Old Man of Storr pinnacles view from the parking lot

We wrapped up the day with only making it to Neist Point whereas the other locations were only quick stopovers without hiking due to the incessant rain. Yes, it continued raining for the rest of the day.

Thu 24 October 2019

Sligachan Old Bridge 

Today we would making our way to Inverness for a 2 night stay there. On the way, we stopped first at Sligachan old stone bridge, taking views of the stream and Cuilin mountains from here. One could also do a hike from this spot, but we didn't have time today. Parking space is quite limited so do come early if you would like to hike. There is also a hotel nearby.

Sligachan old bridge

Hiking path by the stream at Sligachan

Cuilin mountain view from Sligachan old bridge parking lot

We were still on the lookout for the elusive Scottish highland cows (or coos), and we were lucky this morning. We spotted them at a farm before we reached the Skye bridge. We stopped and took pictures of them and with them!

Scottish Highland cows

Scottish Highland cows

It was then time to bid farewell to Isle of Skye and head to Inverness.



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