From Skye - Inverness-Manchester

Trip Start May 02, 2008
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Trip End May 04, 2008


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Sunday, May 4, 2008

4th May 2008:

Milovaig - Armadale:
 
We have requested our breakfast to be at 7.30am today as we have a long day planned to get back to Inverness. We have booked our ferry from Armadale to get to Mallaig on the mainland. From there, we will take the famous "Road to the Isles" (from the opposite direction of Fort William).
 
However, after rushing all the way to Armadale ( about 1 hour & 20 minutes drive from Milovaig), we were told that due to some "technical problems", our ferry for that day was cancelled.
 
We were disappointed, of course but there was nothing we could do, so we drove to Kyle of Lochalsh instead to take the bridge to get to the mainland. This gave us the opportunity to visit Plockton, dubbed by many to be the most picturesque village of all and to stop at the Castle Eilean Donan one of the most photographed castles in Scotland.  
 
Plockton:
 
Plockton is indeed very picturesque and a very quiet village. However, if we were to stay here, I think we would be really bored. Nothing much seemed to be happening, to us, it is just one of those villages where you would love to stop for a cup of tea and some scones before you carry on your onward journey.
 
After our stops at Plockton and Eilean Donan, we continued on the A87eastward all the way down to Invegarry instead of Invermoriston as we wanted to try another route
to get back to Inverness instead of taking the same on which we did on our way to Skye previously.

 
Invergarry - Fort Augustus:
 
We joined the A82 from Invergarry and proceeded north towards Fort Augustus. Fort Augustus was very busy on the day we passed, a lot of tourist busses seemed to stop here for their tourists to get their meals and to do their shopping.
 
Coincidentally at the time we were there, they had to stop all road traffic to open the locks of the Caledonian Canal (which cuts through this village on its way down to Fort William) for the boat to pass.
 
We didn't stop at this village as we were worried about getting to Inverness on time to return our hire car and to get to the airport in time for our flight to Manchester.
 
 
Fort Augustus - Inverness via B862 :

From Fort Augustus, we took the B862 to Inverness and we were glad that we followed our trusted guidebook to do so because in this way, we got to be on the other side of Loch Ness compared to the time when we were on the A82.

 
We passed through so many small beautiful villages along this route, including Foyers and Dores, 2 of the bigger ones, mostly on single-track roads with many trees and little hills - it was just so serene and easy to drive through such wonderful sights along the way.
 
Inverness - Manchester:

We returned our car at the Focus office near the Airport and one of the staffs there drove us to the Airport about 3 minutes away to drop us off. We bade a sad farewell to our hardworking Ford, who had accompanied and served us so well throughout our journey around the Highlands and Skye.
 
We then waited for our Eastern Airlines flight to Manchester, where we stayed for a night at the Travelodge at the Airport. We only paid GBP 40 for our room and we were more than happy with our huge, spacious room with strong hot shower and lots of storage places.
 
They provided us with shuttle bus to Manchester Airport in the morning - we paid GBP 7 for the both of us.
 
 
5th May 2008 :

It was that awful time again - to say goodbye to each other. We have spent every single second together for the last 10 days and it was very difficult to suddenly just part like this - AGAIN!!
 
In fact, it has been getting more and more difficult for us to say goodbye these days. But we braved on, as we know the time for us to be together is drawing closer each day.
 
We will be meeting again in 2 months' time for more adventure and fun and love in Vientiane and Luang Prabang in Laos, with stops in Kuala Lumpur, Perhentian Island and the East Coast of Peninsula Malaysia, AND Chiang Mai in Thailand.
 
So, look out for our blogs from these countries!
 
Meanwhile, this was the last leg of our journeys: 

Manchester - Abu Dhabi - Kuala Lumpur : Xuanyi
 
Manchester - Leeds : Argi
 
 
 
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