Isle of Skye

May 2017

In one week, Aleya and I hiked 87 miles on the Isle of Skye. We hiked up to the Quiraing and along the Trotternish Ridge only to be turned back by a rain storm. We hiked along sheer cliffs on the Sound of Rassey. We hiked 14 miles in a rain storm through endless bogs and rivers in a valley between the Red and Black Cuillins. And we then climbed to the Old Man of Storr on the one clear and sunny day. Even though we had to hike through a couple tons of sheep shit to see it, it was 87 miles I'd happily hike again.

Isle of Skye, Scotland
9 days, 8 nights

  • Hiking
  • Rain
  • Sheep
  • Hasselblad Xpan II
  • Sony Alpha a7S II
  • iPhone 6S
May

Isle of Skye

2017
Isle of Skye

The Isle of Skye is the largest of the Inner Hebridean islands.

Isle of Skye

Day 1: Arrival

01

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.

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02

Aleya taking in the air and stretching her legs after a couple of long flights and a long drive.

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03 On the way to Flodigarry, we stopped for short walk in Fairy Glen.

Day 2: Flodigarry

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04 The first part of the Skye trail is a 10 mile hike from Duntulm Castle. We hiked towards Rubha Hunish and then followed the coastline to Balmaqueen and into Flodigarry.

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05

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.

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Day 3: Flodigarry to Bien Edra

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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.

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07

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.

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08

Looking back north along the ridge to Flodigarry.

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Day 4: Storr to Portree

09

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.

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10 After a long day under clouds, the sun managed to peak out right in time for me to take this photo of the Sound of Raasay.

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Day 5: Portree to Sligachan

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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.

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Sand impressions.

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Day 6: Sligachan to Elgol

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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.

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At Loch na Creitheach, the clouds were resting right about us.

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Day 7: Elgol to Torrin

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The sixth leg of the Skye Trail is a 9 mile hike from Elgol to Torrin.

Day 8: Skye Day

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16 After 7 days of hiking in rain and clouds, we decided to make the most of the one sunny day we had. Instead of hiking the last leg from Torrin to Broadford, we decided to drive around Skye. Our first stop was Talisker Beach on the southwest side of the island.

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17

Walking back to the car from Talisker beach.

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18 The Old Man of Storr, overlooking the Sound of Raasay.

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19 A closer look at the Old Man of Storr.

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20 Taking in one last look of the Cuillin's. I hope to come back and hike these on some sunny day.

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Day 9: Isle of Skye to Glasgow

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Eilean Donan Castle.

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22

The infamous Castle Stalker from Monty Python.

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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.

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More highland cattle!