Here is how we did the Isle of Skye in just one day!
Old Man of Storr-this is a very cool geological formation that can be seen from the main road. There is also a great hike up to the Storr but we opted out of the hike to give us more time in other places. And turns out that was a good decision considering how foggy it was up at the top.
Faerie Glens- 'magical' cone shaped, grassy hills. A little off the main road but worth it to pretend you're in a fairy tale and to see how the sheep have formed these ridges in the sides of the formations. Had it not been raining at this time, it would have been nice to get out and climb to the top of the hills.
SkyeSkyns- a small, traditional tannery that offers a free tour. Unfortunately (for us), they don't do any actual tannery work on the weekends so we didn't get to see the tanner in action but still enjoyed learning about this time honored craft. You can only buy SkyeSkyn products at their store or online. A pretty unique gift, I came home with some slippers!
Coral Beach and Dunvegan Castle-this was my tour guide fail #2. The weather was ever changing throughout the day and at the moment it was time for this, it was windy, cool and looked like rain. The actual beach was about a mile hike which wasn't very scenic. Skye isn't known for their beaches but this one apparently is an exception. I'm sure it would have been lovely had we not been on a 'schedule' and had the weather been perfect (and had the tide not been out). We made it far enough to be able to see the beach from a distance but turned around afraid we were going to get rained on and lose time for our other sites. Upside to attempting this beach was a beautiful shot of Dunvegan Castle. In hindsight, we should have just spent the time touring the castle instead of in search for Coral Beach.
|The white sandy beach in the distance is Coral Beach|
Talisker Distillery-one might say this was fail #3. I didn't even think about needing to book a tour in advance but apparently you do. There was no room in any of the tours left for the day but I talked the guy into giving us a tasting. West Coast whisky is known for being peaty and I wanted Dad to be able to taste and compare to The Glenlivet. To us it didn't go down quite as smoothly as the others and I ended up having to hold my nose to get the 10 year down because I didn't want to waste it since the guy was kind enough to give it us. I'll stick to the Speysides for now :)
|Mom 'gracefully' crossing the stream|
Such a fun and memorable day on the Isle of Skye. I really can't wait to go back and do some more exploring of this part of Scotland and I'm thankful I was able to give my parents a taste of the West Coast!