We woke up early and took a ferry from Mallaig to Armadale, got some breakfast in Broadford and then drove to the Fairy Pools on the south east side of the islands for short 3.4 miles out and back hike.
The hike ends right at the Flodigarry hotel and was the perfect spot to warm yourself up with a nip of Scotch, or as Aleya preferred, a cup of coffee.
The second leg of the Skye Trail is supposed to be a 17 mile hike from Flodigarry to the Storr. Sadly, we were not able to make it the whole way. We got as far as Beinn Edra before turning back due to inclement weather. We double timed it back to the Quiraing where our host from Flodigarry was kind enough to pick us up.
Looking south along the Trotternish ridge, I just couldn't get over how GREEN everything is. Having come from California right after a major drought, I just could not comprehend it. Even though there were all these beautiful rock formations around me, I just couldn't stop looking at the green.
The third leg of the Skye trail is 9 miles starting at The Storr and ending in Portree. It hugs the Sound of Raasay and was the windiest part of the trip.
The fourth leg of the Skye Trail is 13 miles and goes from Portree to Sligachan. It primarily follows a paved road through a couple tiny villages. We took a slight Slight deviation off the trail onto a peninsula near Gedintailor where we saw some beautiful sand formations.
The fifth leg of the Skye Trail is a 14.5 mile route from Sligachan to Elgol. The trail goes through the heart of the Cuillins and from photos I have seen online, it looks beautiful. Sadly, we were not able to see anything due to the rain and low hanging clouds.
The sixth leg of the Skye Trail is a 9 mile hike from Elgol to Torrin.
Eilean Donan Castle.
I was on the look out for a Highland cow the entire trip. It wasn't until half way back to Glasgow that we came across an entire field of them.