With the constant pitter patter of snow throughout the night, we wondered what we would awake to find... suffice to say it was an absolute pleasure to see just enough (but not too much snow). The blanket of snow stretched across the estate where we stayed at Torgoyle. A lovely CL and well worth detour to find, the welcome couldn't have been bettered!
So with many plans for the day in our minds we set off towards the Isle of Skye.... the lack of internet, telephone service overnight had stopped blog publishing, so once this was done, we fairly motored our way towards Skye. The state of the highways here has been world class giving us the ability to confidently predict timings and length of journeys.
So the Kyle of Lochalshe was chosen for the lunch time stop..... this was just about perfect (2hrs drive) with some of the best sights we have seen thus far. The wild sheep, red deer were in abundance and the drive on the A87 was something not to be missed...Endless snowy peaks with rich green hillsides below... with some stunning lochs to mirror these wonderful sights... Of particular mention would be the inlet that houses the 'Inner Seas' near Shiel Bridge
Sadly the chance to see a fully fledged castle with so much history was denied due to restoration works, but the view was out of this world. Eilean Donan castle sits astride a rocky outcrop with the Isle of Sky as a backdrop whilst being surrounded by the 'Inner Seas'. This really was a stand out moment thus far!!!
Three onwards and over the much questioned bridge (clearly an open sore for the islanders) and onto the Isle. The island has some attractive peaks but was full of little bays that could be reached across heather covered moors. Definitely a walkers paradise but perhaps not today at -2 degrees...
So after a very brief chance to see Clan Donald's heritage we headed towards the ferry.... both girls were ecstatic at the chance to ride an island ferry and this Caledonian MacBrayne vessel was perfect!!! With light fading we made the headland again at Mallaig and started the long trek east.
Finally arriving at 9pm at our next stop at Borglum Farm... A further chance to explore Loch Ness tomorrow.... can't wait, but happy to hang up the driving boots after a busy day!
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