Visiting the Fairies on Skye

Today we settled in for an amazing breakfast, the most delicious fresh fruit salad, yoghurt, cereal and warm bread. Ocean our B&B host showed us some of the places to visit in Skye including the Fairy Glen. Never one to pass on visiting fairies we decided to pay them a visit.

The weather wasn’t too bad when we headed off this morning. We were staying up at Glendale overlooking Loch Poothiel and the views were spectacular. The ride along the little lochs and inlets through Dunvegan and up towards Uig was just stunning. We passed some standing stones but didn’t stop, Michele’s a little stoned out at the moment.

Not far from Uig is a natural phenomena called the Fairy Glen. There’s a series of small Conical Hills and a small stack which it’s said that if you walk around it anti clockwise you’ll find the Answer to your question. Hmmm… sadly we didn’t see any fairies but the scenery was magical so well worth a visit.

Our next stop was the Crofting museum at Kilmuir, set in a village of black houses with thatched roofs. The museum has buildings set up as barns, blacksmiths, weavers, houses and general history about the people who lived there, the local area and Scottish history. It was interesting reading what was done to the local crofters and how similar it was to the way our indigenous Australians were treated.

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Further up the hill is the cemetery which contains the grave of a few notable people including Flora McDonald, the lady responsible for smuggling Bonnie Prince Charlie out of Skye. She was locked up in the Tower of London for a few years before being granted amnesty and returning home. Her grave became a tourist attraction and many souvenir hunters took pieces of her headstone. The headstone was replaced with a huge cross which so far hasn’t been scavenged, however judging by the crowds it’s still a major tourist attraction.

As the weather had turned out not too bad we took a cruise around the north of Skye and down the east coast. The views were spectacular but all the parking bays, viewing points were filled with tourist buses and camper vans.

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We decided not to stop and wound our way down to Portree, which was jam packed with tourists who were all getting photos of the brightly coloured buildings along the waterfront.

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After lunch of Cullen Skink, a local creamy smoked haddock and potato soup, at the Fishermans Cafe we headed off towards Dunvegan. We cruised around the back roads ending up in Waternish at The Stein Inn, Skye’s oldest Inn. It’s a lovely old whitewashed building in a beautiful spot overlooking Loch Bay. We grabbed a few coffees and sat across the road at their beer garden enjoying the sun.

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Grey clouds started rolling in so we decided to head for the B&B and met up with Rob from Nottingham who travelled up on a Motoguzzi whilst his girlfriend drove a camper van. He told us of a shell beach not far away worth checking out so we put that on our list of things worth seeing and headed home. We arrived just before the rain. Hopefully the weather stays good but it doesn’t look too good for the next few days.

Tonight we stayed at Six Willows B&B at Glendale you can find their website here

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