2 weeks in Scotland – Part 4 : Isle of Skye

Hello sweeties,

This was the part of the trip I was the most excited about. Before going to Scotland, I browsed TONS of pictures of the Isle of Skye. It really looked like fairyland or something, the landscapes were so gorgeous. And I must say I wasn’t disappointed on that point! If you guys go to Scotland someday, definitely go to Skye, it is absolutely amazing. I’m quite sad we couldn’t go to many places on the isle, but the few we’ve been to were really worth it. Moreover, this means we have to go back there for the Black Cullin, Neist Point, Fairy Pools, Faerie Glen, Claigan Coral Beach, etc. hehe. There are so much to see on Skye!

Our biggest handicap was that we visited the isle on the weekend and there really are not many buses. There are like 4 buses a day for each line and there are places that you can’t access by bus (or you have to walk for hours from the bus station before arriving), so it’s not very practical. I’d definitely recommend you to rent a car when at Skye, it’s a bit expensive but it’s way more convenient!

We leaved Fort William early in the afternoon and took the bus to Portree, the biggest city on Skye. It took us like 3h to arrive I think? I can’t really remember, but it was quite long. Thankfully, the landscapes, as always, were wonderful.

To Portree WinaOn the road babe

When at Portree, we stayed at the Cooling View B&B. The place is nice and clean, we could see the harbour from our room. It’s pretty cute actually, but the room was very very cold, even though the heating was on.

Day 1

Our 2 destinations for the day were Quiraing and Old Man of Storr. Both are on the north of Skye.

Quiraing is a landslip accessible with the bus services 57C, 57A and 60X, by stopping at Staffin. You have to walk quite a while though before arriving at the foot of the landslip. There are something like 2 miles to walk.

Quiraing WinaQuiraing far off

We couldn’t afford that. As we had to catch the bus to Old Man of Storr later, the timing was too short. So we just had a walk around Staffin and went on the bay. We saw a lot of sheeps and even some angus there! It was pretty fun, even if we were quite scared of being attacked by a ram haha.
 The view was very cool anyway and the air refreshing. The place is really lovely. Staffin Bay Trees Wina

Staffin Bay trees

Staffin Bay WinaStaffin Bay

Then we took the bus to Old Man of Storr. It was the same bus than the one for Quiraing, but in the other direction.

Climbing the Storr was the most memorable part of our 2 weeks, it was pretty intense. The Storr is a rocky hill, half way between Quiraing and Portree. It’s a very impressive place. I think the weather was part of that, but still. When we were at the foot of the hill, we couldn’t even see the top, the Old Man of Storr (a high sea stack of sandstone) was hiden by the fog. It was such a beauty. It has such a mystical dimension, it was so irresistible to see what was up there.

Foot of The Storr WinaSo we started to climb. The way was muddy, the rain was starting to fall, the wind was rising, but it was ok. About 15 minutes later, boyfriend told me to look back. And wow, what a view. It was sincerely the most beautiful place I’ve ever been. The landscapes and the weather made us feel a little like in the Middle-earth haha. Boyfriend even sang the Misty Mountains Cold song. That was pretty sweet. Every 5 minutes, we were stopping and looking back and around. It was so beautiful. And so sad at the same time, as the trees of the hill were all burnt off. It was dead wood everywhere. 

The Storr WinaThen when we arrived half way, it started to rain and hail hard, it was very windy and I had difficulties to keep my balance. As it was getting a little too risky for me, we decided to go down. Boyfriend wanted to carry on climbing, but the weather really wasn’t working in our favour.

The Storr View WinaI was pretty sad that we had to stop, I really wish we could see the top. But I think we made the right choice and we’ve never been so happy about catching the bus haha. We were exhausted and freezing, our clothes were totally drenched and our shoes and trousers covered of mud.

When we came back to the B&B, we slipped between the sheets, had tomato soup and watched some Doctor Who TV show. After such adventures, we needed some casual haha.

 Day 2

We wanted to visit the Dunvegan Castle gardens, as the castle is closed in winter, but the bus driver told us that the gardens were closed too. Well. Fail haha. So we just walked around Portree before the next bus to Inverness. We had some tea, we did shopping (I bought a super cool lambwool tartan scarf there), we had lunch… Nothing very exciting actually. Oh talking about eating, you guys must know that many pubs in Portree don’t serve food in winter, even though they still present a menu outside (which is quite silly…).

Portree Houses WinaPortree colourful houses

We had lunch at the Caledonian Café, a really nice place. I really liked the atmosphere. And I really liked the food too! We ordered some garlic bread and baked potatoes. I had one with a Coronation chicken filling and it was delicious. It’s chicken with a curry sauce and dried grapes, divine. I’m a huge fan of sweet and savoury and of curry, so it was perfect. Boyfriend had a chicken, bacon and mayonnaise filling. Not bad (but I rather like mine huhu). The meal came with a salad, which is very appreciable. Moreover, the price was reasonnable, less than £8 if I remember well. So, you got it, I recommend this place.

Caledonian Café Lunch WinaBaked potato with Coronation chicken filling

We didn’t spend a lot of time on Skye the second day, as we had to take the bus to Inverness, but it was very enjoyable. The only bad point would be that after 5:00 pm, you can’t eat anywhere for a reasonnable price, the snacks are closed and the pubs don’t serve food. Our dinners were bought at the Co-operative Food (a grocery chain), as the sea food restaurants were out of budget. So it’s been 3 days that we didn’t have real dinner… Can’t wait to arrive at Inverness!

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2 weeks in Scotland – Part 3 : Fort William

Hello sweeties,

After more than 3 weeks of silence, it’s time to say goodbye to Glasgow, to go to Loch Lomond and visit the Trossachs national park! 

Except that we’re not going to Loch Lomond. And we’re not going to visit the Trossachs national park. Because we totally missed the bus station and we’re actually at Glen Coe now. 

feelingsYes, it’s the third time I use this gif here, but it’s one of my favourite

You probably don’t get what’s the matter, so let me show you with this desperately sad map:

Loch Lomond Glen Coe WinaBIGGEST FAIL OF THE TRIP. We could go back to Loch Lomond, but the next bus that was going down was in several hours. So we kissed it goodbye.
Now remember what I said in the General Approach post: keep the bus timetable in mind and inform the bus driver about your destination. This will make you avoid this kind of misadventure.

Anyway, it wasn’t such a big deal, because we were going to Fort William anyway and the service we took (n°916) was going over there too.

Day 1

Fort William Arrival WinaArrival under the rain at Fort William

We had lunch at the Café Ecosse and it wasn’t the best choice. The fish & chips is clearly frozen, so not very interesting. It’s ok when you’re hungry and don’t really care, but if you want something fresher and more savoury, this isn’t the place.

After that, we went to our room to rest a little bit. We spent only a night at Fort William and it was at Ardlinnhe B&B. The place is perfect, it’s clean, spacious and very cute, there was a hairdryer, tourism books and all that is necessary for tea time in the room. Moreover, Pam, the hoster, is lovely.

Fort William Room View WinaThe view from our room

At about 5:00 or 6:00 pm, we had a walk in Fort William. There was actually not much to do… Almost all the shops were closed, there’s no attraction in the city center… So after an hour of wandering, we bought some food at Tesco and went back to our room. Wow such adventure much amaze hu.

Fort William Iron Guardian WinaWe met an iron guardian on our way though

Day 2

Fort William Wina

In the morning, we wanted to go to Nevis Range to take the cable-car to Ben Nevis (the main attraction near Fort William and the highest point of the british isles!). But the bus times weren’t convenient as we had to leave in the afternoon for Portree, Isle of Skye. So much for Ben Nevis, next time! 

Fort William Old Man Wina

We decided to do a little shopping and hike a bit in Glen Nevis. And it was great!

Fort William To Glen Nevis WinaOn the way to Glen Nevis

I almost died haha. We first walked on a muddy way and when trying to go back to the main road, I slipped and almost died. Well yeah, at least! We were near River Nevis and I can’t swim. So yes, I almost di-ok hashtag dramaqueen.

Fort William River Nevis Wina“Feaaar and panic in the air, I want to be freeee from desolation and despair…”

Anyway, the sun appeared at the moment we reached our highest point of the hike, it was really nice. The landscape was wonderful.
Fort William Glen Nevis Wina

Fort William Glen Nevis 2 Wina

When we walked down, we had rain and hail (and a tiny bit of snow). Then it became very sunny when we arrived to Fort William cimetery. All the weather changes happened within 20 minutes I think. The weather at Fort William is the most insane we had in Scotland.

Fort William Cimetery View Wina

The view from the cimetery

Our stay there ended with a hot chocolate while writing postcards at the Hot Roast Company. It seems that they make good rolls there, but we didn’t try any (not really in the mood haha).

Fort William is a cute city, but you can quickly get bored. Still, this is nothing compared to the end of days in the Isle of Skye… But we’re seeing that next time.