To our 'fairy tale castle'.

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September 16th 2017
Published: September 16th 2017
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The 'fairytale castle' is our accommodation for our two nights here in Dundee. Really it's a rabbit warren of rooms and stairwells in an old converted mill but from the outside it looks quite magical. Our room is the one that incorporates the right hand turret and bedroom. It's large and comfy although the three flights of stairs may take a toll (and no that's not 'take a troll!).

We left our last Airbnb with another packed lunch full of treats which is a delightful gesture and one much appreciated. I set off to the Point of Sleat which I thought was going to be 'plenty of sleet' as it was raining heavily as we drove but much to our surprise the rain eased (it didn't stop) to bearable and I was able to do the 10 km in about the right time. Some track walking, some quite steep ascents and descent sections and some very boggy bits made for an interesting walk. It took me to the most southern point on the Isle of Skye and provided me with the sort of views that we have become accustomed to but are still in awe of. Some of the munros here rise so steeply that it is difficult to believe they are not higher than Ben Nevis. Scotland appears not to sign post their walks other than at the start where they provide distance indicators. They do not have waymarkers like I've become accustomed to in England and indeed anywhere else I've walked. As such the 'fairy' rock indicators were most welcome. The majority of the walk was in very boggy conditions and it felt like walking on a sponge. Every step was accompanied by a squelch and if you didn't keep moving you would quickly sink ankle deep. But as I said the walk was good.

We then caught the ferry to Malaig. It's only 25 minutes but it means not having to drive half the Island again and it put us on new roads so it worked really well (apart from the hour and a half wait). Big drive on, drive off boat and the crossing was smooth and surprisingly comfortable.

Then it's about 3 hours to Dundee. The drive really takes us from one side of Scotland to the other and if it sounds a bit extreme it's because of our decision to revisit Skye and try for the ferry boat trip to the Loch. It should be our last biggish drive, the only ones remaining are an hour and an hour there. We should walk around Duneed tomorrow and the following day go to St Andrews and Carnoustie golf clubs. Then it's to Edinburgh and the car is returned there.

Anyway it's late and time for bed. See you sometime.

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