British Coastal Road Trip

Day 18 – Isle of Skye (Day 1)

Today we’re doing a loop clockwise around the northern tip of the Isle of Skye.  The weather will be on our side today too.  So excited to start exploring the island.

 

Photo of the day

Coastal Road Trip, The Storr, Highland Cow
A shaggy coated Isle of Skye Highland Cow.

 

Uig

Coastal Road Trip, Uig, Uig Bay, Loch Snizort
Views over Uig Bay and beyond to Loch Snizort.
Coastal Road Trip, Uig, Uig Tower, Captain Fraser's Folly
Captain Fraser’s Folly (AKA Uig Tower), built as a show of wealth.. not for defence.

 

Kilmuir

Coastal Road Trip, Kilmuir, Skye Museum of Island Life, Cart
Towards the most southern tip of the Isle of Skye, we stopped by the fascinating Skye Museum of Island Life.  A great introduction to croft living on the island, really well maintained with good explanations.
Coastal Road Trip, Kilmuir, Sheep
And the local sheep chilling in the sun (yes the sun came out!).

 

Duntulm

Coastal Road Trip, Duntulm, Duntulm Castle, Views south
Views south from Duntulm Castle.
Coastal Road Trip, Duntulm, Duntulm Castle, Julian, Jarno
Duntulm Castle perched on the cliffs above Loch Snizort, previously the seat of the chiefs of Clan MacDonald of Sleat.

 

Balmacquien

Coastal Road Trip, Balmacquien, Lane
Exploring off the beaten track down hidden coastal lanes.

 

Digg

Coastal Road Trip, Digg, Julian, Jarno
Stopping every minute to take yet another photo…

 

Staffin

Coastal Road Trip, Staffin, Sailing boat
As we drove along the coast to Staffin, an old sailing ship was following us along the same route out at sea.
Coastal Road Trip, Staffin Bay, Sound of Raasay
Staffin Bay, and the Sound of Raasay in the distance.
Coastal Road Trip, Staffin Bay, Beach, Cow
Another beach cow!

 

Kilt Rock

Coastal Road Trip, Kilt Rock, Waterfall
Kilt Rock Waterfall gushing over the pillars of rock that form this coastline.  By this point we seemed to have hit a tourist hot spot, the busiest place on the island.  Tourists like waterfalls….
Coastal Road Trip, Kilt Rock, view south
And the view south over the cliffs that formed 55-61 million years ago!

 

The Storr

Coastal Road Trip, The Storr
The north east side of The Storr dramatically towering above a farm house.
Coastal Road Trip, The Storr, Loch Fada
Looking back to The Storr accross Loch Fada.
Coastal Road Trip, The Storr, Highland Cow
And a bit further south along the road some Highland Cows were kindly posing for photos.

 

Portree

Coastal Road Trip, Portree
Boats anchored in Portree Bay, with the Isle of Raasay in the background.  As the sun has been out for most of the day we treated ourselves to our second ice cream of the road trip 😉

 

Glamaig, Sligachan & The Cuillin Hills

Coastal Road Trip, Glamaig, Glen Varragill
What a perfect way to end our first full day on the Isle of Skye.  Stunning views towards Sligachan.
Coastal Road Trip, A87, The Cuillin Hills
The A87 with the The Cuillin Hills in the background.
Coastal Road Trip, Sligachan Bridge, Glamaig
Sligachan Bridge and the cone like (from this angle) Glamaig.
Coastal Road Trip, Sligachan Bridge, The Cuillin Hills
And the final view of the day from Sligachan Bridge looking south to The Cuillin Hills.

 

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One thought on “Day 18 – Isle of Skye (Day 1)

  1. Brought back memories of our honeymoon on Skye…walking in the Cuillins, fly fishing with a ghyllie on a Loch ( and not catching any fish!) and a lovely dinner out at the Skeabost Hotel. We will go back one day!

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