Bay Gairloch Hotel
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Our day on Skye tuned sunny about 10 am. There is a bridge onto the island now which has vastly increased tourism to the island. We were on and off the bus many times throughout the day for short walks and pictures of the natural beauty. Kilt rock, on the coast, an area in the Cuillin Hills called the naval of the world, and the fairy glen, the highlight for me. Many of the locals believe in the fairies, ...
... Ewe - so large, deep and with good access to the sea it was used as a naval harbour in WW2 and was packed with ships all the time. Drove to Gairloch. A pretty fishing and tourist village, on the shore of Loch Gairloch, that was the same name as the property John's mother's family owned in North Queensland years. Finally found a camp for the night at the side of Loch ...
... deep end for learning the ropes fast! From growing up in Portugal and flying in from the 40 degrees heat of the UAE, Raquel coped remarkably well with her baptism of fire, wild camping and cycle touring in this exposed corner of Scotland. Despite a heat wave hitting the headlines across Britain, it was "a wee bit chilly" for the most part. We enjoyed a cyclist's best friend - glorious tail winds and warm sunshine some days, and on others we battled a cyclist's foe - ...
... once you know what they mean, but not otherwise. Next I get a lesson in semantics. Kevin points to the punctuation on his poster emphasising no full stop. He jabs at it several times with his finger. I won't bother telling him I have a degree in typography and actually his use of punctuation means nothing. Instead I smile sweetly and thank him for fixing it - at least my washing has started and he hasn't forced me to pay up again :-) This is where the, ...
... road exists but it's not new. Under construction? "Oh...what they must mean is that the road sometimes gets closed because the cliff side keeps falling away and blocking the road!" The last they heard it was open. Oh, and by the way, it's single track with passing places. So is it suitable for towing? Yes, take it slow and you'll be fine, assures the campsite owner...there are plenty of passing places.
Hmmm. There is another 'helpful' schematic map in our road ...