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Sep 7, 2018 - Day 3 Isle of Harris and on to the Isle of Skye

Day 3 We have now driven down to the Isle of Harris which is actually joined to the Isle of Lewis. Then we will take the ferry to the Isle of Skye and stay in Portree. Visited St Clements Church dating from 1520. Spent a few hours at the beach. Several people went swimming....not me! Mainly just beautiful scenery......

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Aug 1, 2018 - Day 11 - Find the Lump, Ya Numpty!

Driving in Scotland is terrible. There, I said it. It may be the worst place to drive in all of the British Isles, including Ireland, and that is no mean feat. There’s the whole driving-on-the-left thing (which really isn’t that bad), the narrow roads (which is bad), but what makes Scotland leaps and bounds worse than any other place I’ve driven are how many of the roads are simply one-lane roads. And no, I don’t mean one lane in either direction. I mean one lane. One. What happens, you ask, if you happen to find yourself on the same road...

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Oct 26, 2016 - Portree

26 October: We did it - we went "over the sea to Skye". The ferry crossing was smooth and coming in to Armadale we saw the part-ruined Armadale Castle, former seat of Lord McDonald of Sleat. We caught the bus to Portree, only to find it stopped in Broadford and the next bus was three and a half hours later! There was a couple who like us were stranded so a taxi was ordered, fare negotiated, and about 15 minutes later a very chirpy and obliging driver pulled up, packs were loaded into the boot, and off we went to Portree. He was most amused...

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Jul 29, 2015 - Skye

Wednesday July 29 After a good night’s rest we shared our breakfast table with a young couple from Israel, and then drove to Glenbrittle on the southwest coast. Many years ago, Glenbrittle was the base camp from which Heather began her climb of the Cuillin Ridge. For those who do not know, Heather enjoyed rock climbing and mountain climbing during her university days in the United Kingdom. The Cuillin Ridge is a series of mountain peaks on the Isle of Skye that are considered to be difficult to climb and the completion of the route is...

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Jul 28, 2015 - Skye

Tuesday July 28 -- Heather's birthday, and she is not feeling well. Heather woke full of cold and not feeling very well at all: happy birthday! Gary gave her a birthday card and a cold tablet, and she looked at greetings on Facebook. After breakfast at the B&B, we drove towards Dunvegan on the west coats of Skye, where we spent much of the late morning and early afternoon at Dunvegan Castle. We walked around the castle gardens and toured the interior. By mid-afternoon, Heather was feeling quite poorly, so we drove along the coast admiring...

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Jul 27, 2015 - Invergordon to Skye

Monday July 27 Since Alasdair had left home early this morning for work in Inverness, Heather and Gary had breakfast with Philomena before saying our 'goodbyes' and starting on our way to the Isle of Skye. We took a break en route, stopping at a small country park at Torridon for a walk to the shore. Later, we found a cafe in Sheildaig called "Nannies" where we enjoyed a delightful lunch. Heather began to feel poorly by the time we reached our accommodation at the Mountview B&B in Portree. This B&B was not the best place that we had stayed...

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May 17, 2015 - Skye high in The Highlands

Wow! The Isle of Skye, located in northwest Scotland, is even more beautiful and rugged than we thought it would be! Taking some back roads up from Inverness (most planned, a few - well, let's just say navigating helps build communication and a sense of adventure!) we were quickly into the fabled Scottish Highlands. We discovered that, when you take a land full of steep, rugged hills and cliffs, carve it with deep valley, and add a lot of rain (up to 100" a year) you get waterfalls. They are everywhere, by the thousands. Whether a small...

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Sep 22, 2014 - Isle of Skye

We farewelled Plockton, Hamish Macbeth country, and once again crossed the Bridge to Skye, heading to our destination of Portree. We explored the northern and North Western part of the island from here, the first day starting early before the forecasted rain set in in mid afternoon. A lovely, if a little misty, drive to the north, visiting the Man of Storr; a dynamite works plant ruin, following in dinosaur footsteps; and finishing the day with a divine meal at Scorry Breac restaurant in Portree. The following day was fine, so we headed...

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Aug 27, 2014 - Road Trip...the Hghlands and Isle of Skye

After a long but special day at St. Andrews we spend the next day organizing paperwork for our drive to Italy. Making sure we have bookings we are happy with and Google directions to get there. We decide that the B&B outside of Beaune is just a little too far out of town for us to walk and walking is in order as Beaune is renowned for its wine tasting. So a new internet search is underway. Additionally we need to lock down on the rest of our Scottish adventures. We had hoped to go to the Isle of Islay, home of Gail’s Reid ancestry....

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Jun 11, 2013 - Isle of Skye

Today we toured the Isle of Skye often on "one track" roads. Scenery was beautiful and the driver told us stories all day related to the sites. I was a bit queasy at the end of the day when we returned via a road the driver called the "roller coaster road". Had dinner with friends from the tour. Nice seafood.

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Hadrian's Wall 2013

Sep 4, 2012 - Bit of wind - Eyebrows gone altogether now

4 Sept 2012 During the night C woke and peeped out – she saw stars, so was optimistic about the day ahead. After the usual huge breakfast, and a brief chat with some Germans from Dusseldorf, we made the call to the Bakery – yes they had the glasses. They offered to post them but J said we would call in (we needed to go via Dunvegan anyway). Much better weather today, cloudy but with lots of sunny patches. And you could actually see the hills! On the way over we stopped to photograph the hectares of heather that had remained dull and grey...

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Sep 3, 2012 - Save the House Flies

3 Sept 2012 Up early with anticipation – grey and rain outside. Hearty breakfast again – including home grown rhubarb, oatcakes, white pudding (I don’t ask what’s in it, but it tastes good) First stop was to get petrol (at about GBP1.50/litre) – after 20 minutes trying to figure out what magic button or lever popped the fuel filler lid, I asked another Vauxhall driver if he knew. He hopped out and came over to the car, pushed the lid and it popped open! #%@*$! Vauxhall engineers ! Electric park brake, electric mirrors, electric locking,...

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