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May 11, 2012 - Portree

Today was a bit of a nothing day. I went into Portree & had a look around the arts & crafts galleries but didn’t find anything exciting. I also went to a complex called ‘Aros’ which said it was a Visitor Centre but it was a café, a gift shop, a gallery & a small theatre which has movies on the weekend & occasional shows. So nothing much there either. I thought about going to the Gavin Maxwell museum near the Skye Bridge but decided against it. He's the author who wrote "Ring of Bright Water" about the otters here. It was also made into a...

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May 10, 2012 - Glenelg

A dull, cold day but the weather hasn’t been as bad as was forecast which is a plus. I’ve got just over a month left on my trip so I did some forward planning & booked my flight from Melbourne to Mildura. I’m scheduled to arrive in Melbourne at 7:40pm which is too late for a flight to Mildura so I also booked a room at the airport hotel. My next stop is near Inverness & the documentation didn’t mention Wi-Fi but when I called the owner this morning to arrange key pick-up & directions he told me they have it which is a real bonus. It makes...

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May 9, 2012 - Waternish peninsula, Skye

This morning it managed to be raining & sunny at the same time, so who knows what the day will bring. Last Sunday I explored the north-east peninsula of Trotternish so today I went north-west to Waternish. My major objective was Dunvegan Castle, the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Scotland & ancestral home of the Chiefs of Clan MacLeod for 800 years. So now I’ve got the history of the Campbells, Donalds & MacLeods all mixed up in my head. One of the reasons the MacLeods got to hang on to Dunvegan for so long was that they didn’t get...

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May 8, 2012 - Kyle of Lochalsh

Today was a diverse day, which is good. The weather is much the same – sunny one minute, raining the next, just like Melbourne only worse. It’s very cold though, I don’t think it got over 9C all day. I went back over the Skye Bridge, which was built in 1995 after much controversy, to Kyle of Lochalsh which used to be the mainland terminal for the Skye ferry. I found out that Kyle means a narrow part in the loch which explains why the ferry, then the bridge were built here over the narrow part of Loch Alsh. When my parents were in these...

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May 7, 2012 - Sleat peninsular, Skye

I suddenly realized how far north on the globe this place is when it wasn’t quite dark at 10:00pm last night. Then, even though it’s still 6 weeks from the longest day, it was bright daylight at 5:00am. My bedroom, which is upstairs has very light curtains but I finally managed to go back to sleep then woke up at 9:30 so it’s been a short day for sightseeing. As I went north yesterday it seemed that I should go south today. Skye is very conveniently partitioned into several peninsulas. Yesterday I explored Trotternish & today it was the...

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May 6, 2012 - Isle of Skye

It was cold but sunny this morning so I thought I should see as much of the island as I could because I’ve been told the weather is very changeable here & the forecast is for showers later in the week. My first stop was Portree which is 25 miles north from here. It’s the largest settlement but it’s still not very big – just a single main street with very few shops open on this Sunday morning & lots of people wandering around with nothing to do. There was a cruise ship in the harbour plus 3 bus loads of, I think, German tourists who had...

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May 5, 2012 - Largs to Broadford, Isle of Skye

It’s been a long day but I’m successfully installed in my new home “Siskin Cottage” on the Isle of Skye. I wasn’t too sure about this place – it was one of the last I booked & I had the feeling it was out in the middle of nowhere. It’s OK though, down a short lane only about a mile out of Broadford which is the 2nd largest village on the island. I’m all settled in. I’ve even lit the open fire & poured a glass of real Champagne. I woke up at 6:15 this morning which is most unusual for me. I don’t know why because I stayed up until 11:30 last...

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Aug 15, 2011 - The West

We picked up our second car, and headed to the west of Scotland. We drove through some amazing scenery to get to the Isle of Skye. As part of our mission to be spontaneous, we chose not to book accommodation. Possibly the stupidest thing to have done, as Skye is super touristy. In pursuit of accommodation our motto quickly became 'NO Vacancies'. Yet somehow we magically managed to get the last two beds in a hostel. Skye has some beautiful mountains and walking tracks, so we set off for a 'walk along the river'. This turned into bush-bashing...

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