Scotland - Skye & Old Man of Storr

Our second day in Scotland started with waking up at this sweet cottage in the Highlands, nestled among rolling hills and surrounded by incredible views.

With full days ahead of us, we were particularly grateful to our host who made us lovely breakfasts, including homemade bread and jam, and steaming tea & coffee.

From Portree, we took the car and drove up north on A87 to the A855, which made for a full day of driving, but we took our time to stop often to take advantage of all the sights.

With the open fields, sheep roam to their content, and often are near or on the roads. It was refreshing to be surrounded by such an abundance of nature and fresh, clean air. 

This waterfall was beautiful, and we were fortunate enough to witness a whale shark in the water, as well as some seals! The valley nearby was exceptionally windy, but we bundled up, as the views were spectacular. 

With dusk soon approaching, we were eager to make it to Old Man of Storr for a highly anticipated walk up to its summit. The path proved to be quite steep, and the wet and slippery terrain made it a bit challenging. However, I loved every single second of the walk, and upon arriving at the top, I was left in absolute awe and had the humble experience of feeling small (like really, really small!)

Pictured: me, on the left

Pictured: me, on the left

Pictured: Tom, center

Pictured: Tom, center

It was extremely windy and cold once we reached the top.

It was extremely windy and cold once we reached the top.

Scotland - Inverness to Skye

 

Scotland has been on my travel list for as long as I can remember. Even more than the historical castles and famed Loch Ness, I've yearned to see the highlands firsthand – its rolling hills and lush landscapes offer an undeniable and idyllic beauty that is unique to the country. When planning the trip, I soon realized that the sights I hoped to see were actually very far up north, on the island of Skye. A quick plane ride from London got us to Inverness, where we rented a car and made the stunning, 4 hour drive to Skye.

Without a GPS (the car rental was out), we were at the mercy of Scotland's signs, and fortunately, the kindness of the locals. This sweet farmer got out his map and helped us plan out our route, and also told us about a nearby cheese shop, where naturally, we had to stop to pick up some cheese and bread for the drive.

Scotland's roads are scarily narrow, which I think freaked me out just as much as it thrilled Tom. The drive was incredibly scenic, and we took our time to stop and take in the amazing scenery. 

Urquhart Castle

Urquhart Castle

Eilean Donan Castle was a beautiful sight, as being situated on an island, it is surrounded by deep blue water and colorful seaweed. In my "wellies" I was able to climb down a cliff and get to a lower base to better appreciate the view. The other two photos (below) are actually taken a bit father down the road from a parking lot, a much less frequented stop that offers an interesting and different perspective. 

The terrain changed a lot during the drive – from breathtaking mountain ranges to green, open fields, dotted with sheep.

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