A brief visit to Skye in July 2014.
This page was a bit rushed, just to get something uploaded quickly.
A great holiday.
shots of miscellaneous places, including the Qiraing, the Fairy Pools and some from the journey.
It all began when I saw the Fairy pools on Facebook on a page called "Scotland from the roadside".
I was looking at the beautiful pools and thought "I'd love to swim that"... then I had a second thought, where I said to myself "What is stopping me?" so I booked a B&B and invited my Mum for a short break and a couple of days later we were there.
We pulled in at a lay-by, just ouside of Kyle of Lochalsh and I was photographing the little islands. A Camper van pulled up and a German bloke and his wife jumped out. "Vot are you Photographing?" he asked excitedly.
"Oh, just those little islands" I replied cheerily.
"Oh....Humph" said the German, obviously not impressed. He'd clearly seen me with my camera and pulled over expecting roving herds of wildebeest or something.
I did visit the Fairy Pools and had my swim. Lovely.
I was not wanting to have the embarrassment of changing in front of a load of tourists, but I found one pool which was only accessible via a slightly tricky climb, and managed to scramble down with my wetsuit bag. At the bottom I found a little cave with a natural bench - ideal! I could sit there out of view of the public and it was lovely. The water was cold, and bracing, but not icey.
We stayed at Cliffe House in Kyleakin which has superb panoramic views of Loch Alsh and excellent hospitality. I wholeheartedly recommend it (01599 534 019) The owner, Ian Sikorski (a Skye native), showed me some video he'd taken of an Otter killing and eating a seven foot conger eel. He says they see a lot of otters there.
We visited Portree and had a nice meal at the Cafe Arriba which I really liked, nice cheerfully painted place with great food and some nice music, great views of the harbour if you can get the window seat. Staff were brilliant.
Across the road we found a shop selling cups of Squat Lobster tails for £2.50.
We spent some time touring the island, probably saw most of the coast. We chased a rainbow up the valley just up from Broadford and got a nice sunset.