The Isle of Skye

July 2nd, 2011 at 4:16 am by David Farrar

I asked earlier this year on the blog where to visit in , and by far the most common response was the Isle of Skye which is the most northerly of the Inner Hebrides.

You really only appreciate how far north you are by the fact that it only started to get dark at 11.30 pm. No seriously.

The drive from Edinburgh to the was six hours, but the scenery was magnificent Lochs and hills everywhere. This photo is of the Laggan Dam on Loch Laggan. Water from the dam flows three miles by tunnel to Fort William.

A typical view along the way.

In the distance is the Skye Bridge which connects Skye to mainland Scotland.

Many of the roads on the island are single width but two-way, so every 200 metres or so there are indents where you can pull over to let ongoing traffic through.

Went on a tour of the wonderful Talisker Distillery and learnt all about how crucial the shape and size of the stills are. Also got to taste their product and happily purchased a bottle of their 57 north single malt. I would have loved to have got their 30 year bottle but the price was rather steep.

A view from the “capital” Portree.

We drove around the north of the island, and it was all views like this. I stopped for so many photos I was asked if I intended to stop at every corner, and my response was only the corners with great views. The response to that, is that is pretty much every corner.

Looking down a very steep cliff, you can see the large boulders at the bottom through the clear ocean.

This is known as Kilt Rock.

We only discovered this by chance. As driving around the coast by Kilmuir, we noticed this cemetery inland a few hundred metres. This is the resting place of Flora MacDonald who as a 24 year old helped Bonnie Prince Charlie escape the authorities by having him pose as her Irish spinning maid, Betty Burke.

Samuel Johnson said of her “a name that will be mentioned in history, and if courage and fidelity be virtues, mentioned with honour.”

This is the cottage we stayed in near Edinbane on the Isle of Skye. It was wonderfully remote.

The Three Chimneys Restaurant is not only the best food on the island, but is rated one of the top five restaurants in all of Scotland. They managed to fit us in for a late dinner at 9.45 pm. Normally might be weird eating so late, but as it stayed light until midnight, it was actually wonderful being able to gaze out the window at Loch Dunvegan, at 11.30 pm

This was my entrĂ©e – a haddock omelette. Words can not describe how divine it was. It was the best of food, helped down with some champagne, a Wild Earth pinot noir from Central Otago and finally some dessert wine. All with the sun setting over the beautiful loch. The highlight of the holiday.

The road home was one of those narrow single width ones, but even worse there were hundreds of sheep sleeping next to or even on the road. Crazy fun.

A typical highland cattle.

And when you combine rain and sun (which sorts of sums up Scotland), you get a rainbow.

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13 Responses to “The Isle of Skye”

  1. JC (932 comments) says:

    Regarding the sheep on the road.. thats because clear surfaces like that warm more during the day and give up their heat during the night.. so the sheep congregate on or near that warmth same as possums and rabbits do here.

    A classic explanation of the Urban Heat effect that so many warmists are keen to ignore! :)

    JC

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  2. Michael (899 comments) says:

    Scotland is definitely one place I want to go back to. Have only done the Edinburgh tourist thing, want to see more!!!

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  3. side show bob (3,660 comments) says:

    Good on you David looks like you are having a good look around. Good to see you have picked up a nice little bottle for your cabinet. Whiskey usually isn’t my poison of choice and most of whats on offer is usually cheap muck that makes a good substitute for battery acid. My father use to have a mate that traveled a lot, after every trip he would bring back a bottle of 20+ year old bottle of Glenfiiddick whiskey for the old man, only got glass on special occasions but very nice.

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  4. fredinthegrass (273 comments) says:

    Great pix DPF.
    Don’t forget to get me a bottle of Laphroig Single Malt from the Isle of Isla will you!

    Michael, you haven’t been ti Scotland if you’ve only been ti Edinburgh!

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  5. DavidR (102 comments) says:

    Thanks DPF. Always a pleasure when you go travelling – your holiday pics are a delight. You should be a travel writer.

    cheers

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  6. Viking2 (11,251 comments) says:

    The road home was one of those narrow single width ones, but even worse there were hundreds of sheep sleeping next to or even on the road. Crazy fun.
    Especially after this.
    It was the best of food, helped down with some champagne, a Wild Earth pinot noir from Central Otago and finally some dessert wine,at 11.30 pm .

    Great photo’s David and I am jealous of your journey. Enjoy.

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  7. jaba (2,095 comments) says:

    mmmm, Talisker

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  8. Elaycee (4,332 comments) says:

    DPF: Have you left out the post where you tucked in to a ‘feast’ of haggis?

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  9. Johnboy (15,537 comments) says:

    Yer nae far frae Badachro ye ken laddie. Just a wee bit o’er the water! :)

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  10. pdm (842 comments) says:

    You had better hop on the Tarbet Ferry from Uig on Skye and drive up from Tarbet to Stornoway. Take the first major road left after about 50 minutes and have a look at the Standing Stones of Callanish, Carloway Brock and the Black Houses just a bit further along the road. If you have time visit the Island of Bernera by crossing the first bridge to be built across the Atlantic and then taking the ferry from Stornoway to Ullapool from where it is about a 3hour drive to Inverness.

    We had a week on Lewis in March and loved every minute of it – our third visit.

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  11. Manolo (13,514 comments) says:

    I join the others in praising your photographs, DPF.

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  12. mavxp (494 comments) says:

    The scenery is fantastic up there with the rugged natural beauty – almost like back home in NZ (aside from the castles you come across).

    The Central Otago Pinot Noir was a nice touch :)

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  13. hj (6,697 comments) says:

    I wonder if Don Brash would have supported the clearances?
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skye#Clearances

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