Thursday, 8 March 2012

Isle of Skye

Today we travelled from Fort Augustus at Loch Ness to the Isle of Skye. We made a few wee stops along the way, firstly to take pictures of a loch in the shape of Scotland, the most photographed loch of all, apparently. (Also, I forgot to mention the scenery we drove through yesterday was where J.M Barrie grew up, and is speculated to have been inspiration for Never Land.) We then saw the Five Sisters of Kintail and have spent the day dodging storms. Some rather spectacular hail descended on us in Skye, bookended by brilliant sunshine. It reminded me fiercely of Melbourne. We did have some wonderful walks up the moors, despite nearly being blown over the cliffs several times. There were a few slips and a lot of mud. We saw two castles today Eilean Donan Castle and Castle Moil. We saw a lot of countryside where the movie 'Stardust' was shot and a few brave souls, including me, dipped our faces in a river (I will also have to look up the name) which keeps you beautiful. Sweet. This is close to a giant hill (it's pretty much a small mountain) that hosts a competition every year to see who can run up the top of the mountain and back the fastest. The record is a mindblowing 42 minutes. We had lunch and a quick pint in Portree before heading back to our hostel for the night. We stopped at Kilt Rock on the way, which are beautiful cliffs that look like the pleats on a man's kilt. A giant sat there to think, and the weight of him made the imprints in the cliff face. Our hostel is close to the mainland, a place called Saucy Mary's and there will be more live music tonight, though I don't know how long I will last!

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