So here goes…..probably the most awe-inspiring days of my road trip!
Day 4: Drumnadrochit to Portree
During breakfast our host mentioned that just down the road (ok like an hour, but in the middle of nowhere that is down the road) was a place called Loch Affric and that me and my dad MUST go see it before we left. We decided to that whilst we were here f**k it let’s go see why this place is so good. The drive down was along a single track road behind the fastest moving bin lorry that seemed to go on and on. We eventually made it to the last car park of 3 along this road to Loch Affric as we were told to just go straight to the end. We couldn’t really see much under all the trees so we followed a quick ‘view point’ trail and as we reached the top this is the view that greated us…
Seriously standing here for about 20 minutes me and my dad just felt like we were staring at a painting. I have never seen such a stunning view in my life. It wasn’t until this moment that i really appreciated how truly beautiful this country could be. If we hadn’t have listened to our host we would never have gone here. In fact i had never heard of this place in my research before coming or highlighted on any of my maps i had. This place really is an untouched gem of The Highlands.
Once we could tear ourselves away and start making a move to our next destination we followed the A87 to Kyle of Lochalsh. Again this is another road where you stop every 5 minutes to admire the view. The great thing about the roads in Scotland is that there are always stopping points along the side of the road and they have made them in the best view point.
As you drive down the A87 you’re able to see a mountain range called the Five Sisters on your right as well as plenty of other beautiful mountains. The winding road continues on to Loch Duich. At the end you come across quite possibly the most iconic of all the Scottish castles…Eilean Donan Castle
I’m not going to lie i actually didn’t go inside to have a look around as i needed to get going to Portree to reach my hotel. But it was nice to see such an iconic symbol of Scotland. Onwards to the Isle of Skye!
The last leg of the day was the drive up to Portree on the Isle of Skye. Apart from the endless pictures on Instagram i was not prepared for quite how magnificent this island is!
But of course in typical Scottish weather as soon as we reached the Cullin Hills the heavens opened and a gloom set down upon the island and so i couldn’t see much at all haha
Day 5: Isle of Skye touring
So today was the one day of the trip we were not heading somewhere else but actually staying in one place. Ok i say one place, we still circumnavigated the majority of the island. Except countless pictures and very little writing..
Of course the must sees on the island are the Old Man of Storr, Kilt Rock and the lovely little town of Portree. As we went north around the top of the island we saw the Trotternish range and even could see across to the Isle of Lewis. We travelled across to the west of the island to see Dunvegan Castle (which is stilled lived in by the Macleod Clan) and the Duirinish range. The end of the day saw us head back to Portree via The Cullin Hills to try and get a better view than the day before….of course it rained, again.
Next up Day 6 – 9 (coming soon)
If you missed Days 1-3 it’s here: Scotland Road Trip: Part 1
Happy reading fellow travellers 🙂