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Scotland – Day 10: Skye, Dunvegan, Portree, Eilean Donan

February 5, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

Itinerary

A full day on Skye to absorb the breathtaking scenery of this spectacular and history-steeped isle. Explore Portree, the tiny island capital, then visit remote DUNVEGAN CASTLE, seat of the chiefs of Clan MacLeod since 1200. Take in the views of the Cuillin Hills on the way back to Broadford.

Isle of Skye

If I remember correctly, we rearranged our visits today (and/or tomorrow) to work around the weather.

We took a quick photo stop at Sligachan Bridge. It is a scenic place to view the Black Cuillin (mountains).

Dunvegan Castle

Home of Clan MacLeod, we braved the depressing weather to see Dunvegan Castle. Standard castle stuff, but with some impressive historical artifacts.

It doesn’t look like much from the entrance, but take the time to walk through the gardens down to the shore and the castle is much more imposing.

Portree

For lunch we visited Portree, the largest town on Skye. Since our fish and chips at Ullapool was so good, we tried one of the small shops by the harbor. Probably the worst fish and chips we’ve had. Didn’t taste that great and the fish had quite a few bones. Fish fail. The town is pretty though, and who doesn’t love a harbor?

Eilean Donan

Listed as optional, Eilean Donan Castle was our final stop. I can’t imagine why you wouldn’t want to see it. John said it was the something like the most photographed castle ever. It is wonderfully positioned, I’m not sure there’s a bad angle. I would be happy spending a day or two just trying out different locations. There’s a piece of land to the north-northwest where we did our first photo stop. The skies were threatening so I high-tailed it as fast as I could. Managed numerous shots (some with sunlight!).

The remainder of the photos were taken from where the bridge begins. And sure enough, it started raining.

The castle has a colorful history. The last being an occupation by a small group of Spanish soldiers who arrived to support the Jacobite rebellion. Upon discovery, the castle was mostly demolished in the 18th century by the Royal Navy (that’s the short version). Reconstruction took place in the early 20th century, which is what you see today.

Afterwards we had a drink at the local pub. After that, we drove out to find this secret location that John was looking for where he had seen a fantastic viewpoint. The road had been previously closed to large vehicles, but big utility trucks had been using so that meant we could, too. It was a slow, suspenseful drive, but we did find it. The view was definitely impressive, but sort of spoiled by the dreariness. Of course you’re looking for that Scottish feel, it’s great!

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  1. February 5, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    Very Nice Pictures, Thanks for sharing.

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