The Isle of skye, Scotland

The Glenfinnan Viaduct

 We stopped off at the Glenfinnan Viaduct, on our way to catch the Mallaig Ferry to the Isle of Skye. Apart from the beautiful setting, and the history of the viaduct, it is popular because this is the viaduct Harry Potter’s train passes over, on the way to Hogwarts.

 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

The area around the viaduct is very scenic, and there are picnic spots too. We loved the way these fallen trees have been made into benches by planing, and polishing the cut surface.

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

Scotland has no water shortage problems, due to the high rainfall. In fact, it rained most of the days we were there, but it was still beautiful.

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!

Elizabeth Coughlan

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