Visiting Isle of Skye, Scotland

From Oban we drove north through Glencoe with its spectacular landscape and onto Fort William.

Continuing on the A87 road  past Loch Cluanie, often providing a mirror image of the mountains rising from its far shore. This road, voted as one of the ten top most beautiful scenic routes in the UK, skirts to the south of The Five Sisters of Kintail and on towards Eilean Donan Castle, still the home of The Macraes and one of the most photographed castles in Scotland.

Eilean Donan Castle, on the route to Skye

Eilean Donan Castle, on the route to Skye

We entered Skye through the bridge on Kyle Road, towards Portree.

The Isle of Skye is a large island on which the road system naturally provides three distinct loops, the northern (Uig) and western (Dunvegan) loops leading to a return to the mainland by the Bridge and the southern loop (Armadale) making a return journey to Glen Spean and The Great Glen possible via ferry to Mallaig and The Road ‘from’ The Isles.

We stayed at a small bed and breakfast overlooking the sea.

Luib House B&B, Isle of Skye.
Address: Luib, Isle of Skye, Highlands IV49 9AN, United Kingdom
Phone:+44 1471 820334

It’s a small B&B, very clean and with a very nice owner. She keeps a world map on the wall and add a pin for every guest’s home town.  It’s interesting.

Portree is a small pretty village with colorful houses and you should visit it.

Portree, Isle of Skye, Scotland

Portree, Isle of Skye, Scotland

We also drove to the north part of the island, touring the “Loup North“.

Loop North, Skye

One attraction you can not miss while visiting Skye is the The Old Man of Storr. It’s a great hike, with impressive views all the way.

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Old Man of Storr

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Old Man of Storr

Old Man of Storr

Sheep, Isle of Skye

We saw many sheep along the routes and we took dozens of pictures, all over the U.K..

The roads in Skye are always almost totally empty and as there is no traffic it’s very easy to park the car and enjoy opportunities for taking more pictures!

Skye's desert roads

Dunvegan Castle is an attraction not to be missed. It was under renovations at the time we were there.  Renovation work was not an issue to us, although the facade pictures  aren’t as beautiful as they could be.

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It’s really impressive! We loved the gardens too and for some strange reason, some bees decided to keep a “close track”  on me so I did not stay all the time I wanted!

One more special place in Skye:  Dung Beag

We hiked the Dung Beag Broch and it was great to see the views and also that we were the the unique souls hiking there!

Dun Beag, Isle of Skye, Scotland

Dun Beag, Isle of Skye

The views when you are hiking to the top of Dun Beag are astonishing!

Dun Beag, Isle of Skye

Yeah!  At the top! Dung Beag, Isle of Skye, Scotland.

We ate very well while traveling in Scotland. Skye has very good restaurants too. No… we did not taste the “haggis”, a food that is made with animals intestines. We also didn’t eat the “black pudding” that is made with pig’s blood.

We remained attached to the food we usually eat at home.

Broadford Creelers Restaurant had great food and desert, with a very good wine selection. We had a delightful time there!

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After a great time sightseeing Skye, on July 24 (2010) we departed by car to our next destination: Inverness

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About CeciliArchitect

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