A trip to the Isle of Skye Scotland

Trip Start Apr 01, 2012
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Trip End Oct 01, 2012


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Morvich Caravan Park

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Saturday, August 18, 2012

Skye owes its name to the Norse word for " cloud " Even if your day is marked by the typical mist and drizzle , the Isle of Skye's romantic and lofty reputation is well deserved, and the scenic slendour of Scotland's largest island will not disappoint you.Sometimes it is very hard to see all this lofty splendour as we seemed to be driving through thick fog at times but suddenly it would clear and the splendour returned. Although to be fair to the mainland, personally I think that there are some better views on the mainland. Skye is a very popular tourist destination and does not lack any visitors. That is just a nice way of saying that they are bloody well everywhere. From our caravan park we drove to the island, crossed the bridge into Skye and headed for the capital of Portree, driving through various villages ( Not as nice as the English ones ) to reach our destination. Portree is a busy little town and nice to walk through. Bus loads of tourists seem to stream in , all different nationalities. Rick and I found a nice bakery shop with a cafe next door so we had our morning fix. I ordered a scone with coffee, thinking that it would be nice and fluffy, well it was the heaviest, thickest scone I have ever seen and virtually impossible to eat. Better still it came with lots of butter and the tiniest bit of jam. Rick just laughed as he was eating his lemon tart which tasted delicious. After a few mouthfuls I gave up trying to eat it. We do not know if that was a typical scottish scone or just a lousy cook , but just in case I will not order another one again.
Next destination was across the island to Dunvegan and the castle. Driving on this island makes you realise how bleak the scenery can be. It was windy and very often wet and not a tree in sight. Lots of hills that just keep on rolling by, but oh so bleak. Pretty in its own way. The heather is nice on the island and very sharp in colour. Another flower we saw was a bright yellow type of wild flower , looks a great contrast and makes the scenery  look even better.
Arriving at the castle we actually went in to have a look at it, ( oh no not another castle ) but this one has been in the Maccleod of Maccleod clan for 800 years and still has a chief today. He is called Hugh and is the 30th chief. The motto of Maccleod is "hold fast " and throughout the 800 years the chiefs have endeavered to do so. Some of them failed but somehow, by killing a few enemies they have managed to retain it. It was in a sad state at one stage, but the present chief's grandmother managed to straighten things out and bring it back to its former glory. Yes it takes a woman to do that. Lovely gardens as well to walk through, although the predictable weather made it a little difficult to enjoy them. 
Time to head for home after our castle visit. An easy and beautiful drive home.  We enjoyed our visit to the island and now understand what all the fuss is about, it's different, beautiful, bleak, barren and very damp but a must to visit.

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marianne on

hi wil @rick .just to let you no all is well in bundy .yes i enjoyed ireland to .thanks for the cards .i am going to nz in three weeks time with young john .for ten days .i hear the weather is love where you are .it is nice here to .keep having fun .love from us both .

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