Skye 1: Over The Sea To Skye

The plan was to stop at Tescos for the weekly Skye shop before leaving Glasgow on the M74……but Tescos eluded us! Once out on the motorway and out of Glasgow we soon picked up the road to Loch Lomond, and then on to Fort William. The Scottish ‘A’ roads are somewhat more like English ‘B’ roads really but we made good time and the journey went smoothly with no delays. Today’s entertainment was guess the artist on Mr L’s iPod – his music selection was even more varied and ranged from Led Zeppelin, Yes Ma’am, Joni Mitchell and a varied selection of Nova Scotian musicians…..

We stopped for coffee in Crianlarich and had our last connection with the internet for the day. As we drove up through Glencoe the scenery at the top was simply stunning – bleak, dramatic, treeless hills – beautiful.

Our road through Glencoe

Our road through Glencoe

It was then onwards continuing north to Fort William and Morrisons for petrol and the weekly shop before continuing our drive to Skye Bridge. Mr L treated himself to a bottle of Bunnahabhain Islay single malt Scotch whisky whilst Mrs L had to make do with Morrisons cheap blended Scotch whisky (but it will be mixed with ginger wine). I did insist on paying the extra 50p to have a glass bottle rather than a plastic bottle……one does have standards to maintain!

We had a brief lunch stop with our Morrisons sandwiches at a picturesque spot in Glengarry…..another photo opportunity and chance to stretch our legs briefly.

Glengarry

Glengarry

We had hoped to get to Portree in time to go to the Toursist Information and made it with 10 minutes to spare before they closed at 5pm. We then had a quick wander around the harbour before completing the final stage of our journey. Portree seems a great little place, very picturesque, reasonably busy with walkers and backpackers, and with lots of craft shops, restaurants, coffee shops etc. We both noticed the Royal Oak Hotel which offers cappuccino and internet – we will be back!!

Portree harbour

Portree harbour

Portree bay

Portree bay

Leaving Portree on the Dunvegan Road we soon found our turning to Kildane, just one slight wrong turn into someone else’s drive and we were at our cottage, home for the next week. The cottage sleeps 6 so plenty of room, and great views from the sunroom out to sea.

My daily blogs will get posted as and when we get an internet connection…….

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