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Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Inverness-shire » Isle of Skye October 10th 2019

We stopped for breakfast at Isle of Skye Baking Company, which had beautiful baked goods including a selection of gluten free. I had a wonderful breakfast of a gluten-free bacon and onion quiche and some toasted gluten free bread with butter and strawberry jam. When we left there, I carried with me the rest of that loaf of bread and two gluten free brownies. From there we drove to Idrigill where we stopped to take some pictures, then on to the fairy glens. The hillsides there were almost corrugated and it was fairy-like. Sara and Helen climbed a couple of the hills, while Faye and I stood in the drizzle and watched. It was charming, rain or no, with sheep grazing around us. We then took a narrow track to Quiraing, which is a ridge in ... read more
Fairy Glens
Fairy Glens
Fairy Glens


Aufstehen, gemeinsam das wunderbare 2-Gänge-Frühstück (Porridge und dann Cooked Breakfast mit Ei, etc.) von Isabel genießen. Alles wie gehabt, nur dass Lindsay gefehlt hat. Sie ist schon super früh Richtung Südschottland aufgebrochen um den Verkehr zu vermeiden. Wir haben Schlamm von Stiefeln gebürstet und es irgendwie geschafft, drei Koffer und drei Wanderrucksäcke in Lisas Mini Cooper zu packen. Der erste Stop des Tages war Dunvegan Castle (Sitz der MacLeods) auf Skye. https://de.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dunvegan_Castle Ziemlich hübsch aber leider viel zu voll mit Busladungen voller Touristen. Nach einer Woche Schlamm und Freiheit nerven mich fremde Menschen in meiner Nähe umso mehr. Der zweite Stop war Talisker auf Skye, wo wir erst auf einer Wiese am Loch bei schönstem Sonnenschein picknickten und dann an einer Führung durch die Whisky Distillery teilnahmen. Da... read more
Picknick in Talisker
Eilean Donan Castle
Inverness Castle


Wie gesagt, kein Blog heute. Komoot hatte 24 km und 1.880 Höhenmeter aufgezeichnet und dann auf 1.200 runtergerechnet. Wir hatten definitiv mehr als das! Der Tag war sehr lang. wieder sehr nass und mega neblig, aber wir haben ihn alle gut überstanden und waren noch eine super leckere Pizza essen. Voller Blogeintrag wird nachgeliefert. ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Inverness-shire » Isle of Skye September 13th 2018

This morning we were up and organised early. Brekkie at our B&B didn’t start until 8am and our bus was picking us up at 8.20, so we downstairs and ready when brekkie started. I had scrambled eggs with Skye smoked salmon - really thick and so rich in flavour! Fiona, our hostess, said that the salmon is smoked down near Armadale where our ferry came in last night. Natalie, our bus driver/guide, told us stories of fairies and giants as she drove us around Skye this morning, taking us to Fairy Pools and waterfalls and pointing out sleeping giants (The Old Man of Storr) in the geographical features around us. She also showed us heather and the beautiful scenery looking back to the mainland at the Quiraing. We saw the red Cuillin Mountains, and the black ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Inverness-shire » Isle of Skye September 12th 2018

Up early this morning to check out of our hotel, cross the road to the bus stations and find the Discover Scotland Tour to Skye and the Highlands. Our delightful tour guide/bus driver is 26 year old Natalie. This minibus has a group of 6 Thai, 1 Canadian Californian, 2 Canadians, 2 French, 3 unknown and Tom and I. We passed the kelpies, Stirling Castle, the Wallace Monument and Doune Castle again before stopping in Callander for a toilet/refreshment break. We then continued on our way, crossing Rannoch Moor, and Glencoe where the McDonalds were murdered all those years ago, and on to Fort William. Here we had time to withdraw some cash and have a spot of lunch before being put on the Jacobite Steam train to Mallaig. This was the train used for Harry ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Inverness-shire » Isle of Skye August 11th 2018

All Sharon could remember was that we were going to see “One of the Castles”; but, she wasn’t sure which one. We of course could read the tour ticket (once we got it out of the safe) which said “Eilean Donan Castle”; but, she wasn’t sure if this was “The Castle”. “The Castle” is the one that is the most photographed castle in Scotland. “The Castle” is the one that appeared in “World is not Enough” and “Skyfall” (James Bond movies with Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig respectively). Before the end of the day, we would know that Eilean Donan Castle IS “The Castle”. Our arrival in Portree on the Isle of Sky wouldn’t occur before noon, making this a sort of back-asswards day: Early tours would be in the afternoon, afternoon activities in the morning, ... read more
Sheep just off the back of the ship
Town of Portee
Highland Cow


Een grootse uitdaging voor Erik en mij nam plaats op 2 juni 2018, de Jurassic Coast Trail te Regis Lyme (Exmouth, UK). Een trailrun langs de Engelse zuidkust van 50km met zo'n 1500hoogtemeters! (Tegelijkertijd startte er ook nog een van 100km en 100miles.) Begin van dit jaar besloten Erik en ik om ons in te schrijven. Ik moest eerst echter nog enkele marathons doen. 26km was de verste afstand tot dan toe die ik gelopen had. Erik had er al enkele gelopen. Ik had vreemd genoeg nooit de ambitie om marathon te lopen. Maar toen Erik de 50km trail voorstelde, aarzelde ik geen moment. Achteraf dacht ik wel eens; waar ben ik aan begonnen, maar zoals altijd het enthousiasme bleef. In de Ardennen probeerden we zoveel mogelijke Extratrails te lopen als training. Het zijn echt prachtige ... read more
Jurassic Coast Trail
Jurassic Coast Trail
Jurassic Coast Trail


On Sat 2 Jun, we headed south to Dingwall then west to Skye based on Sandra’s advice. She said the scenery would be beautiful and she wasn’t wrong. We stopped briefly at Dingwall to consult our big map and some locals passing by confirmed Sandra’s advice. We drove along the A890 beside Loch Carron to Auchtertyre. We backtracked along the A87 to visit the iconic Eilean Donan Castle. It didn’t disappoint. After a tour, many photos and a late lunch, we set off again passing through the Kyle of Localsh and on to Portree (Port Righ). We found the Givendale Guest House easily. Phew!! Jurriaan, our host, very personable and hospitable. Fountain of knowledge but not intrusive. He rents five rooms that are fully booked from May to September. And he plays U2 every morning at ... read more
Our walk into town at Portree
Old Man Storr from a distance
The Fairy Pools

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Inverness-shire » Isle of Skye September 15th 2017

O'er the sea at Skye! It's taken a while but we managed to get a sailing day. Can it be called sailing when it's a ferry? Pretty good day here on Skye, which equates to pretty ugly day anywhere else but the boats at least set out from Elgol (how Viking is that) and headed around Skyle behind the Cuillins (a scraggy range of hills/mountains/munros) that are lovely and scenic and imposing and challenging and scary to a docking quite close to Loch Coruisk. The Loch is really only accessible via the ferry (or an arduous climb/hike over the Cuillins) and is a bit of a walkers paradise. We didn't have time (or energy!) to go around the Loch and were content with a picnic by the shore, which despite the omnipresent threat of rain, we ... read more
Skye views! Glorious.
To our Airbnb at Drumfearn.
Elgol to the Loch. Loch Coruisk.

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Inverness-shire » Isle of Skye September 4th 2017

That's the old teacher at the 'old schoolhouse'. You're looking at a tender, succulent and really quite unctuous beef cheek. Very nice dish and despite the fact we were both tired the meal went down very well. Can't afford to go back but it was good. In fact we've just eaten at the local pub and although you could have fired a cann in the restaurant the food there was pretty good as well. I had a lovely oven baked haddock. It's fish you find everywhere here, it is the fall back option for fish and chips, so it's a good firm, flaky fish that is easy to fillet. But today was walking in the wet day. The wind blew, the heavens opened and it was wild. I walked to a local landmark know as 'the ... read more
The attractive bit of Portree, isle of Skye.
Not a bad bit of Portree, just as the rain comes in.
The Old Man of Storr Walk. The first 100 and the only dry section.




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