Over the Sea to Skye
22.08.2009 - 22.08.2009 20 °C
This morning we boarded the ferry and took the 10km trip across the sometimes rough waters to Skye. After disembarking at Armadale, we drove northeast to Broadford, the second largest town on Skye. There we left the main road, and followed a single lane road westward, along the base of the Cuillin Mountains, a very Scottish-looking set of peaks to the northwards. I saw on a recent program that they were privately owned and for sale, to pay for the repair and maintenance of the owner's castle. (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/scotland/707546.stm)
We continued south-westward, past Cill Chriosd, or ‘Christ’s Church’, the roofless ruins of a 16th century church that once served as the parish church of Strath. Nearby are some deserted villages, a legacy of the Highland Clearances, a dark chapter in Scotland's history. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Highland_Clearances).The winding road continued through Torrin, along the shores of Loch Slapin to the fishing village of Elgol on the Strathaird Peninsula, and the end of the road.. The location is superb, with views across Loch Scavaig to the spectacular Black Cuillins. Here we turned around and headed back to the main road at Broadford, where we turned north and drove to Portree, the largest town on the Isle, and our bed for the night. The owner was out the front of the B&B; and we couldn't have got a friendlier or more helpful host. Nothing seemed to be too much trouble for him. He would want to be friendly too, for the price we paid for the accomodation, but we couldn't complain about the service.
The day was still not too advanced, so we decided to do a loop trip around the peninsula north of Portree. This was very scenic, with gorges, ruined castles, and views to the Outer Hebrides. We dined somewhere in Portree that evening; I remember not where.