Hebridean Holiday - Part 5

Day 10 - Crossing the Minch

Tuesday 29th July

A very blustery day. I headed north from the bunkhouse and followed the North West road round the island. There wasn't a lot of interest here, perhaps a few more huge beaches, but it must've been high tide. There was an odd small tower I passed.

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I later found out that this is Scolpaig Tower

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This is a bonny cottage in North Uist

I had a drive up to Berneray again where I'd arrived from Harris. The sun came out as I was looking across to Harris, I could make out the ferry coming back across.

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A beach in Berneray looking over to Harris

Back in Lochmaddy, I had a look around the museum. It was another exhibit about St Kilda. I had some soup again there. I also spotted a postcard in the shop of a pipe band. Turns out it was the AUOTC and I could make out Mysie and Gordon in it! I sent that back to the band.

I was quite a bit early for the ferry, but the rain came on again so I just waited at the front of the queue. The ferry was over an hour late due to a road accident on Skye. I was a bit apprehensive about the crossing due to the weather but it turned out to still be rather calm.

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There's Eaval again on the left. Farewell Uist!

Due to the delay I was a bit late getting back to Portree, and the rain was pretty heavy. The hostels were full, the B&Bs were full and I couldn't find the Campsite. Fortunately I found it just before they put up the "full" sign, and the rain stopped for just long enough for me to get the tent up. I had a fish supper from down at the harbour and then an early night.

Day 10 - Skye, the low parts...

Wednesday 30th July

It was raining and there wasn't the best forecast. I headed north on the road to Staffin to see what was up there.

The Old Man of Storr was the first place I passed. It looks pretty cool, but it was swarming with tourists, a lot more than I ever saw in the Outer Hebrides. I decided not to go for a climb, as it wasn't the best day for it anyhow.

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The Old Man himself

Further up the coast there some waterfalls, and then the Kilt Rock cliffs. I could see over to Raasay, where the famous "Calum's Road" is. I had planned to take the bike over there if it was fine, but alas.

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Looking over to Raasay and Rona

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It's some water falling

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This was actually the worst sheep traffic jam of the whole trip

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It apparently looks like a kilt

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That's a better waterfall

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These birds were swooping from the cliff directly below the Kilt Rock viewpoint.

I made it up to Staffin. Just a wee place, but I knew I wanted to see the hut...

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"The Hut on Staffin Island"

After that I took the road south again, back through Portree and ontowards Dunvegan. I had a look round the castle here, though it wasn't the most photogenic castle ever. I did see a very old set of two drone pipes there though.

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Defences

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Can you spot the castle here?

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Seals

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This guy was hunting for something

I took the south road from Dunvegan, as it should in theory give some pretty good views on the way back to Sligachan. I passed another old Dun on the way. Not quite as complete as the one in Carloway on Lewis, but surprisingly similar in design.

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Burnt heather below the Dun

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I think this was the brightest the weather got

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The design is very familiar after being at the one in Lewis

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Again with the low entrances!

I carried on the road but there were no fantastic mountains to be seen, and I reached Sligachan much sooner than I expected. This was the view I had of the Cullins:

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There are mountains there, somewhere, or so I'm told

The forcast by this point was basically the same for the next two days. I had the option of heading straight for home (Buckie was only 3 and half hours away) and family were visiting the next day. I decided to head off, the Cullins can wait for another time.

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One final sight, the slightest break in the clouds shines light on this waterfall just south of Sligachan