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Driving (sort of) to Isle of Skye


Our next destination was the Isle of Skye.  Located in the far north west of Scotland, it is renowned for its scenic splendor.  And the trip was only 112 miles… but took some 5 hours.

First of all, no highways.  Just two lane highways, quite narrow, and very winding.  And always with a spectacular view over the Scottish country side.  And, thrown in for your amusement, the Scottish “Single track”.  This is a two way road, but only one lane wide.  Every so often, there is a Passing Area, marked with a small white sign.  Here, the person who has the passing area on their side of the road is supposed to pull over and let the other pass.   It actually works, but there is no shoulder, so some very interesting moments.

But all went well.  We were early for our B&B check in, so we viewed the nearby Dunvegan Castle.  This is the seat of the MacLeod of MacLeod, chief of the Clan MacLeod. Dunvegan Castle is the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Scotland and has been the stronghold of the chiefs of the clan for 800 years.  Since it is still occupied, no photography was permitted except of the exterior and the beautiful gardens.

Our B&B is really nice.  It is a newer house, and right on the edge of the shoreline.  So the views of the bays, islands and inlets are superb.

One spectacular view after another

One spectacular view after another

Another roadside stop

Another roadside stop

Low tide

Low tide

Start of yet another single track section

Start of yet another single track section

We found a waterfall along the road

We found a waterfall along the road

Castle from a distance

Castle from a distance

Castle elevation

Castle elevation

Viewed from the ocean side

Viewed from the ocean side

An old bridge under the castle entrance

An old bridge under the castle entrance

Castle entrance

Castle entrance

Part of the garden

Part of the garden

Lovely little flower

Lovely little flower

Gardener's cottage

Gardener’s cottage

This castle is tho oldest clan

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