Isle of Skye Journals

Six Days of Dreams on Skye

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A June 2002 trip to Isle of Skye by Mary Porcher

Another sunset Photo, Isle of Skye, Scotland More Photos
Quote: Skye will pull you into its slower pace and challenging landscape. Then it will reward you with a setting summer sun that dances over the ocean for hours. This week was part of a five week journey in Britain. Read my most recent journals for more!

Six Days of Dreams on Skye

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Another sunset Photo, Isle of Skye, Scotland
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The sunsets over the sea to the Outer Hebrides are the most glorious I've ever seen. The pace of life for the visitor is slow and easy, with as little or as much adventure as you choose. Experiences here require investment: driving single-track roads, climbing cliffs, following closely the paths described in books. It is easy to get lost here, but getting lost is half the fun. The memory that best summarizes our trip was a short evening walk we took with a guidebook. We set ou...Read More

Dun Beag Broch

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Attraction | "Skye Scene: Highland Ceilidh"

Dun Beag Broch Photo, Isle of Skye, Scotland
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the night before the storms, near our cottageLast night we heard the wind howling over the hills and glens of Kilmuir as we slept, and this morning we awoke to an uninviting horizontal rain. Jason made a mental note to wake up at about 7:30am to see the England match in the World Cup, and I dragged myself out of bed an hour or so later. England successfully advanced into the next round, although unexcitingly so, and we went back to bed.The second waking was no better than the first, and as I looked out the glas...Read More

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Dun Beag Broch

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Duntulm Castle and the Tote Stone

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Duntulm Castle and the Tote Stone Photo, Isle of Skye, Scotland
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We had a final breakfast and delicious hot showers in Wester Ross before crossing the world's most expensive toll bridge over to the Isle of Skye. It costs about $10 for a car, and the toll is charged both ways. It was raining and grey for the entire 55 mile trip from one end of the island to the other. Our holiday cottage is near the north tip of Skye, with a grand view of the coast from our spacious living room. We can hear the sheep right outside, and see the hills of the Uists (islands) over the sea. The sun does not follow a straight path over the sky here. Instead, it skips a circle around the horizon, and gives the impression that it will never set. ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 3, 2002

Duntulm Castle and the Tote Stone
The northcoast of the Trotternish penninsula
Isle of Skye, Scotland

Dunvegan Castle

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Attraction | "Dunvegan Castle and beyond"

Dunvegan Castle Photo, Isle of Skye, Scotland
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Dunvegan is the only complete castle on Skye, and is still inhabited by the MacLeods. Though it was not the finest or most interesting castle we've seen, certain parts of it date back to the early 14th century. It retains the feeling of a family home, with a large library and lovely hallways and bedrooms. The visitor enters the castle and faces a wide carpeted stairway and a quiet guide. She points the way up and leaves you to wander and read about the different rooms, or listen to the guides stationed in a few. The emphasis here is on family history, with many portraits and tales about the different lords and la...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 3, 2002

Dunvegan Castle
A mile north of Dunvegan Village
Isle of Skye, Scotland

Museum of the Isles

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Attraction | "The Museum of the Isles"

Museum of the Isles Photo, Isle of Skye, Scotland
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This museum is located on the grounds of the Armadale Castle and Clan Donald Visitors Center. Because we are so interested in highland history, we came just to see the museum. We parked in the free car park and had had a bite of lunch at their restaurant. Customers order up front and then eat in a large room with views of the gardens. Hot meals are made fresh, but there are also cold sandwiches available for the budget conscious. Ours had too much mayonnaise, as always in Britain, but were fine otherwise. Tickets are purchased heading up the hill beside the parking lot. One ticket covers entrance to all of the...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on August 3, 2002

Museum of the Isles
Clan Donald Skye
Armadale, Sleat, Isle of Skye IV45 8RS
01471 844305

A rainy afternoon in Portree

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Portree is a quaint seaside town that is easily walked and enjoyed. There is a central parking lot that charges an hourly fee, but if you drive around a bit, you'll find curbside spots without meters. Wherever you park, the shops and sights are only a step away. And a visit to Portree is even fun in the rain, because there are so many shops to duck into.It's a good idea to follow the signs and visit the Tourist Information Center first. I was surprised at the excellent selection of information, books,and gifts here. The free Traveler's Companion pamphlets about the different areas of Skye contained the most useful maps and visitor information we could find. Our best meal here w...Read More