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A Scotland Adventure – Part 9, Isle of Skye viewpoints and scenery

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Hello, and welcome back to your annual story time of Ben and Sarah’s international adventures! Keeping with the tradition of the last few years, Sarah and I visited with her family, this year going back to Scotland.

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Friday, 27-Dec-2019 through 31-Dec-2019

 

Throughout our adventures on The Isle of Skye, we took one or two photos.

As an alternative, you could say that I took somewhere along the lines of a few hundred photos a day.  It was a lot of snapping.  I mean, I bought this new cell phone for the express purpose of not having an old/slow phone… and also got an amazing camera.  I bought it, so I may as well use it, right?  Right.  Right!

 

Here’s a quick tour of some of the pictures that didn’t fall into the other photo buckets – they’re not any of the big adventures that we did, instead they’re just roadside stops and snippets of driving.  The Isle of Skye is known for its beauty and rugged landscape, and it didn’t disappoint for a moment!  For every picture we took, we had many more gorgeous sights that a camera simply couldn’t capture.

They say that Ireland is the Emerald Isle, but The Isle of Skye is a very close contender.

 

A Scotland Adventure – Part 8, Fairy Pools and Sligachan Bridge

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Hello, and welcome back to your annual story time of Ben and Sarah’s international adventures! Keeping with the tradition of the last few years, Sarah and I visited with her family, this year going back to Scotland.

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Tuesday, 31-Dec-2019

 

Our last day in Skye was, frustratingly to all involved, some of the best weather of the whole trip.

Our main plan for the day was to get back to Aberdeen – but we couldn’t let the amazing weather pass by without getting some last minute views of Skye!  We picked two adventure spots on the drive out – The fairy Pools, and the Sligachan bridge!

 

The two were gorgeous!  Both places had amazing views of their respective Cuillins, and the sunlight breaking through the clouds gave the whole vista an amazing ephemerical feel… I’ve said it before in these posts, but Skye just seems like a fairy world – I completely understand why so many myths and legends sprung up in Scotland.  Maybe it’s the variance between the rough seas and beautiful hillsides, or maybe it’s the extreme length of the golden hour due to the high latitude.

Whatever the reason, the pictures below speak louder than any descriptions I could write.  Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

A Scotland Adventure – Part 7, The Quirang

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Hello, and welcome back to your annual story time of Ben and Sarah’s international adventures! Keeping with the tradition of the last few years, Sarah and I visited with her family, this year going back to Scotland.

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Monday, 30-Dec-2019

 

There were a few main hikes that we wanted to explore on Skye – One of the most famous was a hike along the base of a rock formation called The Quirang.

The Quirang is similar to the Shawangunk ridge in New York – It’s a huge ridgeline of exposed rock, scoured away by huge glaciers in epocs past.  We didn’t learn about any rock climbing at The Quirang, but I’m sure there must be some that the locals keep to themselves.  The hike though, was gorgeous.  Where The Gunks are well hidden by trees and undergrowth, The Quirang was fully exposed along the route that we took, with nothing shielding it from the beauty of the landscape around.

 

The drive into The Quirang was rainy.  Surprising, I know, but it’s true.

We did get to see some peat bogs, along with stacked bricks of peat, but finding the parking lot took a bit of time, and definitely wasn’t assisted by the near-constant drizzling mist that clung around the area.

We pressed onward though, and soon enough the clan found ourselves at the parking lot for the hike.  We explored, took some photos, and then prepared to head back to the van and mosey onward…

But Sarah wanted to hike.  I didn’t blame her, and I absolutely wanted to as well, but since this was a family trip I let her take the lead, trying to convince everyone to join us on the hike along the base of the rock formation.

Sarah didn’t find any buyers for her adventure though, aside from myself, and so off we set on our own – The rest of the crew headed toward the far side of the island to search for sun and adventure, while Sarah and I set off into the mud and muck, planning on hiking along the base of the Quirang and meeting the family in the small town where the trail ended off.

 

About 20 minutes after we left the trailhead, the clouds started to break apart, and the sun started burning through the mist.  We couldn’t make it 500 yards without stopping to take more pictures of more gorgeous views… so please forgive the sheer number of photos uploaded to this gallery – this is a tiny portion of the total that we took, but it’s still a pretty heavy album.

 

We walked, chatted, took photos, walked some more, took more photos… it was lovely.

Not really much else to say, aside from that.  Sit back, grab a snack, and enjoy the huge album!