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The Breathtakingly Beautiful Isle of Skye

Our Loch Ness tour ended around 5pm and by 7pm we were parked at Hector's Boothy for dinner. It was fine.. not much else was open and we needed to eat. A bit bland for our liking.. nothing horrible. And then we crossed over the Skye Bridge and entered the Isle of Skye.



Isle of Skye has resisted against skyscrapers and chain hotels and even chain restaurants. While Isle of Skye does have it's share of local hotels, it mainly thrives on bed and breakfasts, camp sites and caravans. We opted to stay at a BnB in Upper Breakish. While it was a little far from most tourist spots it was a shorter drive when driving into the Isle at night and would be quicker to get back to the mainland the day of departure. We stayed at Bed and Breakfast Rodel. It was run by an elderly woman, Nan who the boys immediately took to. The boys loved the idea of staying in someone's house and H ran to the kitchen the moment we woke up to chit chat and sneak in some screen time while Nan prepared breakfast.

Our first day out was a Sunday.. and Nan warned that most of the Isle is closed on Sundays. Hmm.

Our first stop was Old Man of Storr which was an hour away. It was a two lane road for some parts and then mostly became one road.. there were many indents along the road made primarily for the purpose of pulling over to let other cars pass..



It had started to drizzle a bit.. and the fog made it look so hauntingly dramatic. But this was not my favorite hike. It was a very very long hike.. and you didn't see the rock formation until after the first 20-30 mins of steep uphill hiking. We were all exhausted and had lost steam by the time we saw the glorious pinnacle. The sight gave us that little extra umph and we hiked a little closer.



I know it looks like we had it all to ourselves but the place was swarming with people.. Many of them were hiking all the way up to the pinnacle but we opted out of it.



Our next stop for Brother's Point also known as Rubha nam Brathairean, just a 10 minute drive away. This was a true hidden treasure.. we didn't find too many people on this trail and it made it so much more fun to explore. The reason why I think this spot was so secluded is the poor signage. I had read about Brother's Point on Earth Trekker's and she had mentioned that the entrance looks like a secluded driveway.. we passed by it twice and then parked and walked around till we figured it out. Thank God we did.. it wasn't a spot I would have wanted to miss.

So another quality of Isle of Skye is that it is full of sheep.. like everywhere.. as of 2017 there are over 100,000 sheep on the Isle of Skye. In fact they out number the people that live there. And when there are sheep there is also sheep poop.. everywhere.





Next we headed to Kilt Rock and Mealt Falls Viewpoint.. there was supposed to be a waterfall.. but lucky for us Isle of Skye was having a dry spell hence the waterfall was running low on water. We got out of there quickly and were feeling a little hungry.. and pretty quickly we realized just how right Nan was because everything was closed. We found an open cafe and bought the boys some cake and devoured all the snacks we had in our car. When we finally did find a place that was open the wait was so long the hostess informed us that by the time it would be our turn the kitchen would be out of food?! We tried a few more places with no success. In the end we just decided to suck it up and move on.. we had more to see and didn't want to waste more time.

Next stop.. The Fairy Glen. This place was so cute!


All the hills were smallish with soft grass.. very child friendly.. all of course except the first one we decided to climb! It had started to drizzle again and we went up the first hill we saw.. The ground was softer because of the rain but we were okay..


We were almost to the top.. M in the lead when he exclaimed SHIT! Turns out the top of the hill was hella narrow.. and not at all what we had expected.




The boys went up one hill all by themselves :) They are the little yellow and blue dots.

Our last stop was the The Quiraing. It is known to gradually become a more difficult hike.. It was the end of the day and we hadn't eaten much so the plan was to walk a bit and then head out.



This place has ruined nature for us forever.. every hike we will ever go on we'll think damn.. can't beat the beauty of Skye. Breathtaking..



Thankfully on our way back to the BnB we spotted a pizza place that was open.. we spotted at CafeSia to eat what at that time tasted like the best pizza we have ever eaten! 

The next day we left the house a little better prepared.. Nan gave us bananas and we stopped at the gas station to buy some more snacks.. 

Our first stop were the Fairy Pools about 50 mins away.. 





This little guy decided this hike was to amateur for him.. he needed to up the level of adventure and skipped the stones. He walked through the icy waters.. eventually he hit a low part and his boots filled up with water.. but he was a pro. We wrung out his socks and he put on his boots again and carried on. When it was time to cross the stream again to head to the car he did it again.. lol.


After the Fairy Pools we headed toward the Neist Point Lighthouse.


On our way there we stopped at the Bog Myrtle Cafe. It was a charming cafe slash used bookstore furnished with thrifted mismatched furniture.. 


The Neist Point Lighthouse was first built in 1909. This was another stunning site. 




You can see the lighthouse behind me.. we didn't go there.. it didn't seem as impressive and was on additional walk on flatland.. instead we chose to hike up to the elevated peak seen on the right of the panoramic picture. 

Something we noticed while there... when you go to any national park in the United States there are rangers, safety notices, marked trails and rules. Here on the Isle it was pretty much do whatever you want and if you fall of a cliff, well that's natural selection at work! 


The view from the top. Afterwards we also walked up the cliff you see on the right of the picture. 


It can't get any better than this.. 

The planned next stop was the Dunvegan Castle but remember how I mentioned that most of Skye has one road and you have to let other cars pass.. Well when heading to the lighthouse there is a left turn and a short drive to the parking lot.. that short drive has no indents to move to the side to let a car pass.. and someone.. on that small narrow road had car trouble.. and a tow truck had to come and it caused a major pile up. While we were happy we were had already seen Neist Point we felt bad for all the on coming traffic that had to wait for the tow truck to move and let all of us leave so that they could enter. Most people abandoned there cars at the side of the road and walked to the lighthouse.. some left.. others waited.. but it took so so long to get it all cleared out there was no time left for the castle.. we instead headed to Portree, the city center. Most restaurants were teeming with tourists and many restaurants closed early. Thankfully we found a open table at the Caledonia Cafe and ate some very delicious black bean burgers.


The next morning we headed out of Isle of Skye.. after having the most unforgettable two days.



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39 comments:

R.ChamberofBeauty said...

Wow, such a breathtakingly beautiful place, I'm in love with the greenery and mountains and everything. It seems you all had a fun time. I really love such peaceful places and close to nature.
Have a lovely Monday :)
Kisses <3
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Jennifer said...

It's beautiful there!

Jennifer
Effortlessly Sophisticated

Debra She Who Seeks said...

So rugged and beautiful! I always associate the Isle of Skye with Bonnie Prince Charlie because of the old Scottish folksong "Skye Boat Song" which tells of how the Scots smuggled him out of Scotland after the English victory at Culloden.

Heather{Our Life In a Click} said...

Your photos are truly stunning. What a beautiful place!

Kelly said...

Oh, wow! You're right... it's breathtakingly beautiful!! Your 'natural selection' comment made me burst out laughing. 😂

Polyester Princess said...

Your photos of the Isle of Skye are breathtakingly beautiful. Many years ago, when I was 18, I went to visit the island with my parents when we were holidaying in Scotland. That was before the bridge was built and the island could only be reached by ferry. That was quite a magical approach! xxx

Sparkles and Lattes said...

What a beautiful place. I love the hiking pictures. The views are amazing.

Elephant's Child said...

What an incredibly beautiful place. Thank you (so much) for sharing some of the wonder. And yes, that hill top was very narrow indeed. Loved your comment about natural selection too.

Amy Johnson said...

Wow! What a beautiful place. I would love to go there.

Rowena @ rolala loves said...

The Isle of Skye is gorgeously scenic! What a perfect spot for a little does of adventure!

Carole's Random Life said...

It looks like you had an amazing trip! Thanks for sharing all of your gorgeous photos.

BLovedBoston said...

The views are truly breathtaking - that burger was well deserved with all the hiking! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom said...

So much greenery! That is a bummer there wasn't somewhere nice to sit down and eat, but the views made up for it (and thankfully you had some snacks in the car for the boys!).

Carrie
curlycraftymom.com

Laura B said...

Such a beautiful area! These photos are all stunning!

Julie | This Main Line Life said...

Wow, those views are amazing. I'd really like all the B&B's too. I really prefer them over hotels.

Emmylou said...

Oh wow! Just breath-taking! I can totally see why everything else would pale in comparison after being here, Hena:) Thanks for sharing your adventures. LOL on the "No Rangers...natural selection" thing:D

Veronica Lee said...

WOW! Looks like an amazing hike, Hena. Your photos are stunning as always.

Jeanie said...

The weather looks challenging with that fog, but I don't think it could be any more beautiful. It looks like a magical land where you expect King Arthur to pop out or Merlin! And then that green. Oh, what a grand time you have had. I love every photo, every smile.

Christina said...

Skye is a fabulous place to visit. It must have felt a bit backwards with shops and everything closed on a Sunday but it seems that the scenery has compensated for this :-)

Sami said...

Wow, stunning place! What a great trip.

Jackie Harrison said...

Beautiful scenic view awesome place.

R's Rue said...

Beautiful.

awhite said...

What a gorgeous, magical place!

-Ashley
Le Stylo Rouge

Red Rose Alley said...

The mist looks so pretty over the rock formations. These are great pictures. All those sheep must have been a sight! Such a precious animal. A cute family picture of all of you, and I love the close-up picture of the little ones on the rocks. I remember my son at that age and so curious and full of adventure. The hot drink and dessert looks Yummy. : )

~Sheri

ALLIE NYC said...

Oh this truly looks like a wonderful vacation and hike. I have hiked a bit when I lived in Seattle but that is about it. I have never hiked in the isles. Yes truly beautiful and the fairy glenn how cool! Your photos are super fun.

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Suzanne @ The Bookish Libra said...

Wow, what an incredibly beautiful place. I had actually never heard of Skye before so thanks for putting it on my radar.

karen said...

this is the prettiest part of your trip I think! Lovely views and all the hiking you did with little food or a banana!! I'd have been a grumpy girl (although I can be grumpy on a full stomach too....)!!

Debbie said...

what a gorgeous place, the views are stunning. you are right...all future hikes will be compared to this one and none will measure up!! but ins't that a wonderful thing!!!

that burger looks amazing, i'll bet you were all starving from the hike and all that fresh air!!

Doused in Pink | Chicago Style Blog said...

Your photos are breathtaking! It looks like such a magical place to visit!

Jill - Doused in Pink

NotJessFashion said...

It's absolutely an incredible view indeed.

Jessica | notjessfashion.com

Sasha said...

What an amazing place to visit! You guys have the best adventures! ;) XXX

E said...

It looks absolutely amazing! Top of my list for places to visit!

District of Chic

Ruth Josey said...

What gorgeous views! It's wonderful that the boys weren't complaining the whole time about not having anything to do - they obviously had a great time and a great experience.

Ruth Josey said...

What breathtaking views! It's wonderful that the boys weren't complaining about there being nothing to do (electronically)- what a great experience for them! Staying at a B&B with a local is a great way to learn some of the secrets of the area - things to see and things not to bother with. Plus the breakfasts are usually pretty great. Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful adventure with us!

Ruth
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Natalie Da Silva said...

wow love these photos! looks a really peaceful place!

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Natalie Da Silva said...

wow love these photos! looks a really peaceful place!

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Stefanie said...

What beautiful hikes. The husband and I would love those hikes.

Amy at Ms. Toody Goo Shoes said...

Amazing scenery! What a fabulous family vacation!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Beautiful photos of a wonderful family adventure in Scotland!

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