Blogs from Kyle of Lochalsh, Ross and Cromarty, Scotland, United Kingdom, Europe


As I am returning the car today by 4pm in Inverness, I had to get an early start. After checking out of the hostel, I grabbed something to eat and drove to Kyle of Lochalsh over the Skye Bridge. The drive was straight forward, but because of the narrow and winding roads, it took 2 hours. About 10 miles east of Kyle of Lochalsh is the small village of Dornie where three lochs meet, sitting on a island is the most photographed and picturesque castle in Scotland - Eilean Donan Castle. Although, this castle was built in the thirteenth century, the many clashes between the Scots and the Brits destroyed the original structure. The castle that stands today was restored in the twentieth century. This castle was featured in many movies (including an Indian Hindi movie), ... read more
Eilean Donan Castle
Eilean Donan Castle
Entrance to the castle

It is time to update a little my visits. Since my last blog entry, I have been finding a little bit a time between my work shifts to see a bit more of Scotland's beauty. The most interesting was the Kyle line, a train scenic tour that leaves from Inverness and stops where the line finishes at Kyle of Localsh. A 2hours and a half trip that goes through magnificent sceneries and wildlife. Kyle of Localsh was a little disappointing, not much to see but all forgotten when I hoped back on the train and surprisingly enjoyed a different scenery on the return and had the pleasure of seeing deers and red deer on the way. No just enjoy the pictures :)... read more

Geo: 57.2843, -5.71552As we were leaving the town and came around a bend in the road along the water of Loch Broom, a huge gust of wind blew us across the road a bit. It felt like a semi went past us. It startled everyone! We passed many hills and valleys, streams and heather (some finally coming into bloom!), and of course sheep. We went passed a reservoir that was very low. Scotland has had the driest winter since 1941, so many of the reservoirs and lochs are low. Also, since we are going out into the “boonies” the road that we are traveling on is mostly a one lane road. That means about every 1/10th of a mile, there is a turnout for us or the other vehicle coming the other way to pull off ... read more
Ullapool to Kyle of Lochalsh, Scotland
Ullapool to Kyle of Lochalsh, Scotland
Ullapool to Kyle of Lochalsh, Scotland

Wednesday 9.12.2009 Day 56 Kyle of Lochalsh We had a fantastic bfast then drove around the whole of the Isle of Skye it had fantastic cliffs and mountains. We then went back over the Skye bridge to Kyle and stayed at the Kyle of Lochalsh hotel. We had dinner in our room. ... read more
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Geo: 57.2843, -5.71552Our first stop of the day was a pottery shop. We were there for over an hour, making our purchases. A "bonny" road along the coast was recommended to us. It was another one-lane but truly "bonny."We lunched a Ullapool: salad and ice cream.All day today, we pushed it, whatever "it" is, as we drove. It rained a lot, but at least we were in the car.We took a ferry over to Skye and drove straight to our hotel. After a few minutes rest, we went out to dinner. Then we took a drive through the countryside. It was beautiful. The rain stopped and the sun was shining through a very thin layer of cloud. Ah, wilderness. And we had no cars to compete with for the road, only cows.Had tea upon our return, ... read more

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