The Glenfinnan Viaduct
David, Mart, and Dale under the viaduct.
We only had a short time before catching our ferry, so didn’t have time to see the old steam train crossing the viaduct; but, we did see a passenger train crossing over.
Unfortunately, we missed the Hogwarts Express.
Barbs sitting on a seat made from an old tree trunk
We continued on to catch our ferry to Skye, and as we crossed the water, I am sure most of the passengers were humming, “Speed bonnie boat like a bird on the wing, Onward the sailors cry. Carry the lad that's born to be king, Over the sea to Skye". It’s almost irresistible. I know it firmly planted itself in my brain!
Our first sight as we landed on Skye
We drove past glorious scenery, with lush vegetation…
…and fast flowing rivers
We stopped off at this delightful old pub for lunch…
…and were amused by the entry sign.
Ready to go again after a great meal
Highland Cattle known by the Scots as Heilan Coo
Driving through the Isle of Skye, we saw lots of these hairy cows, a Scottish cattle breed. They all have horns, and a long wavy coat in a variety of colours, ranging from black to silver; although we mainly saw this ginger version. They are prized for their meat and their low maintenance: their thick coats mean they can be left out in all weathers.
The Fairy Pools
We headed to the Fairy Pools. at the foot of the Black Cuillins, near Glenbrittle. These magical pools are a tourist magnet, and there were loads of people trudging up and down the hillside.
The pools are connected by a series of waterfall
Becca sitting by one of the Fairy Pools...
...and on top of the world, ready to fly!
We left Skye by the land bridge, to arrive at ou next stop, Eilean Donan Castle, an iconic image of Scotland, and a popular visitor attraction. The castle sits on an island at the junction of three sea lochs, in a glorious setting.
Eilean Donan Castle
The bridge to the Eilean Donan Castle
We crossed the bridge to the castle, which is open to the public. The tiny island where the castle stands has been settled since 634 AD, when this tranquil spot was chosen by Bishop Donan for the site of a monastic cell. During the Viking incursions in the 13th century, a castle was built here for protection, which has been expanded and contracted over the years, until we have what we see today.
Me and Barbs looking over the battlements
The view of the mainland from Eilean Donan Castle
What a trip to remember! There is so much more of the world to see, I think I shall have to keep travelling forever!