Edinburgh to Isle of Skye
Today seen us looking at spending a lot of time in the car as we headed north to the Isle of Sky.
The first sprint from Edinburgh to Inverness seen us mainly on a motorway, so it really was fairly quick and uneventful. We were due to meet a boat for a ride and monster patrol on
Loch Ness is the second largest lake ( Loch) ,by surface area, in Scotland however by Volume it is the largest in the British Isles. Visibility in the lake is very poor due to the water being tannin stained.
Of course whilst we cruised along we were on active Monster watch, of course Loch Ness is well renowned as being the home of "Nessie" whom has been reportedly been hundreds of sightings over the years, with the first dating back to 500AD and the most recent in May of this year. Unfortunately we didn't catch sight of her, maybe it was too cold and blowy for her.
Our boat docked at Urquart castle. Urquart castle is reputed to be the largest ,by area, castle in Scotland
The present ruins date to around the 13th - 15th centuries, however archaeological studies have identified that below the ruins of the South Bailey are the remains of a medieval ring fortification
We were very fortunate to have an excellent guide when we were at this site who provided us with the history of the site and provided us with a great explanation of the how the defence 's were created and operated.
After this we traveled northwards through the mountain ranges I was just awe struck at the view. I spent most of my time slack jawed gazing out the winter, Gadget kindly pulled over to let me get some photos.
Unfortunately it was rainy so we really couldn't see them clearly, but what we could see was magnificent.
We arrived to a very wet and rainy Portree at about 6pm to this gorgeous view.
We enjoyed a lovely meal and a chat with some Aussie's and had a reasonably early night
A h-uile la sona dhuibh
‘s gun la idir dona dhuibh!
(May all your days be happy ones)