Skye, May 2017…

It was only last July that I vowed to never ever visit Skye again…see here why

I knew my lovers tiff wouldn’t last long…and on the 5th May 2017 I made my way back!

My alarm was set for 0500 hrs. however, on account of the excitement I awoke at 0448 hrs. I showered, packed the car, picked up some provisions from my local Asda, picked up my companion for the trip and set off.

The first stop, as is usual for me on these trips, was Inveruglas…a Red Bull, pie and packet of crisps later I was ready for the next stage to The Commando Memorial at Spean Bridge.

After a brief walk around it was back in the car to the next stop…the car park at Dornie…

Next stop, the campsite at Glenbrittle! We pitched our tents, had a brew (or a cider ūüėČ ) then had a walk on the beach…

After a couple (ahem) of ciders it was bed time.

On the Saturday we walked up to the Loch an Fhir-bhallaich near The Coire Lagan…details of the walk are here…

It was a wonderful sunny day and the views were glorious.

After we descended we just chilled around the campsite, reading or simply taking in the atmosphere…

On the Sunday we broke camp, drove to The Sligachan Campsite and set up camp there.

We rested a while, then I met a good friend of mine in Seumus’ Bar

We have a pint (ahem) of Guinness then it was time to say our goodbyes…for now.

Sunday evening was quite windy…however, when the wind died down I popped out to take a couple of hand held shots of the sunset…

The next morning, we got up early and left for home by 0710 hrs.

I’ll be back Skye!
Skye images here…
 

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Back to Skye!

I fell a little out of love with Skye in the summer of 2016 on account of the amount of visitors / tourists who simply didn’t know how to drive / park – especially around the beauty spots (honey pots) of:

The Fairy Pools

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Neist Point

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Talisker Bay

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And Elgol

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Anyway, I’ve gotten over my little hissy fit and have decided to go back to Skye in May…so I’m currently planning my camping trip….

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All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, thane of Glamis!

I’ve just recently watched (a few times!) the recently released (on DVD) Macbeth.

   
   
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It’s a fabulous story for those of you who are not familiar with it plus it’s shot in some fantastic locations. 

It just so happens that I visited most of them in 2015!

Bamburgh Castle in Northumberland   

   

The Quiraing in Skye   

 

And around Sligachan and The Fairy Pools in Skye   

  
    
    
   

So, watch the movie and who knows, you may be tempted to visit the shooting locations!
Here are my less cinematic movies of my visits to these locations in 2015.

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Off to Skye soon

Off to Skye soon, can’t wait…

The ‘plan’ is to camp on the Glenbrittle campsite on night one. ¬†To get there we have to pass The Fairy Pools…

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The next day the current intention is to visit Neist Point, the most Westerly point on Skye.

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After that walk we’ll probably camp at Dunvegan. ¬†The next day we intend visiting Duntulm Castle.

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Then driving around the island and camp at either Sligachan…

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Or Ashaig.

Of course there are always visits to Talisker Bay…

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or Elgol to consider…so much to see and do, so little time…

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Some of the images displayed here are available on the Storm Imaging web site

Ultimate Peapod 

About 1984 I bought an Ultimate Peapod tent to use as I camped all over The Lake District. 

 

I used it extensively until about 1991.

It then went into the loft…

I used it once in 2009 on a Skye trip…apart from a few blemishes it was as good as new.

I’m off to Skye soon so thought I’d best check it out.

I pitched it on Sunday 5th April 2015….remarkably after  31 years it appears to function as new. (Although I’ve not checked its waterproofness)!

 

 

I think it cost about ¬£100 at the time, when I was on about ¬£28 per week. So very expensive. Looking back….best ¬£100 I ever spent. Used to ‘Wild Camp’ before it was ‘fashionable’ and was just called ‘Camping’…

 

Skye trip April 2013

I’ve been looking forward to this trip for months! I picked up my friends and we set off for Skye from Manchester at 0800 hrs. on Friday 26 April. As usual, we stopped off at Inveruglas then later at the Commando Memorial just north of Spean Bridge.

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We arrived at Roskhill Barn around about 1710 hrs. We had a lovely meal of homemade Spaghetti Bolognese and a couple of bottles of beer before we hit the sack, extremely tired after a long days drive.

We woke up on the Saturday, bright and breezy, full of anticipation of what the day would bring. I had already planned some walks in the previous weeks. Today’s was going to be Coire na Creiche and the Fairy Pools circuit. I had selected this walk from the Walk Highlands website. This website is a fantastic resource for anyone planning to do some walks on their Scottish holiday!

The actual walk details are available here.

We arrived at the car park and got into our walking gear by about 1000 hrs. The scenery from the car park itself is stunning, with Sgurr an Fheadain which sits in Coire na Crieche, in the central Cuillin on view.

It’s a short, enjoyable, not too strenuous walk to some rather stunning waterfalls.

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To give you a sense of scale my friend David is standing at the top of the waterfall…

Dave PirieHe looks fairly insignificant, yet he’s about 6′ 4″ tall!

There are some great views over to Sgurr Thuilm from here too!

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After we’d taken our photographs and had a lunch break, we went to visit the Talisker distillery.

TaliskerThis is my idea of heaven!!!

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And here is ‘Team Skye’…

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Sunday was a bit of a washout, with squally showers all day. We did manage to visit Duntulm Castle though…

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We then visited Portree and had lunch at ‘The Lower Deck’

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All in all a thoroughly enjoyable trip – can’t wait for the next one!

UPDATE – October accommodation is booked!!!

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