Highland Tour, Day 6

We started day 6 with a stop on the road, in order to get a great view of the mountains in Harris, and the Sea Loch. Simply stunning.

But our next stop at Luskentyre Beach was our real wake up. It was absolutely freezing cold.  But that wasn’t going to stop my new Canadian friend Stephanie and I from getting our toes wet.

We ran into some traffic on our way to catch the ferry to Skye, but still managed to make it on time.SAM_2813

On the Isle of Skye, our first stop was at Quiraing, known as the navel of the world.

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From here we made our way to Staffin’s Bay.

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And then to Kilt Rock, in which there is a rock formation said to be shaped like a kilt.

We stopped a few more times on our way to our next destination, Portree, when the views were too spectacular to pass up.

We had a bit of a break in Portree, but the views were so good I didn’t even want to go in any shops and miss out. But I was tempted by the windows, so shopping I went.

Our next stop was at the Sligachan Bridge.  Now I know our guide told us some story in order to get us to dunk our heads, but for the life of me, I’ve no idea what it was.

And that was it! We made our final stop in Kyleakin, where I got to watch the sun set over Skye Bridge.

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Highland Tour, Day 5

On day 5 we explored the Isle of Lewis, the largest island of the Outer Hebrides.

We started with a visit to the Callanish Standing Stones (in the rain). Placed in a cross pattern with a central stone circle, it is estimated that they were put in place about 5,000 years ago.

We then made our way to Dun Carloway Broch, the best preserved and most visited broch in the outer hebrides.  A broch is an Iron Age structure designed to impress and defend, and were probably the homes of tribal leaders.  They are built with two walls of stone, with a stairway within the walls to the upper floors. This one dated back over 2,000 years!

Next up was Gearrannan Blackhouse Village.  Used until the 1960s, there’s not a hostel, and a few museums showing what life was like here. I got to check out a wearing demo which was just to my liking (with a weaving machine from the 1920s).

But my favourite site on Lewis had to be its Butt.  The Butt of Lewis is the most northerly point on the isle, and absolutely gorgeous with its isolated lighthouse and stunning ocean views.

The day ended back in Stornoway, in preparation for our exploration of Harris in the morning.