Isle of Skye

Trip Start Jun 19, 2012
Trip End Jul 01, 2012

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Saturday, June 23, 2012

Woke up early (what else is new?), caught a taxi to the station and boarded our train to Kyle of Lochalsh on the western edge of Scotland's mainland.

This was the most scenic train ride yet, as you can see by the large number of photos below. Just beautiful countryside.

At Kyle we then took a short bus ride over the bridge to the Isle of Skye to our room at Saucy Mary's in the town of Kyleakin. While we waited for our room to be ready we ate lunch in there cafe: fish and chips and a chicken curry pasty. Yums! And of course, a pint with our meal. We were finally able to try Tennants lager recommended by our Scottish friend Stevo at the Cock and Bull. It was very good but we have to say Belhaven's, a Scottish brewer we have tried earlier in our trip, is just as good or better.

After getting settled into our room (very nice), we went exploring through this quaint fishing village with the remnants of an old castle on the hill. Breathtaking everywhere you look. I think we could stay here for a while.

We found a sign recommending four walks. We wanted to do the castle walk first because the sign said it was easier at low tide which was then. However, we could only find the Salt Marsh walk and after that we were ready for some supper. We did finally see the sign for the castle walk, though.

So we headed back to Saucy Mary's for some seafood chowder and locally landed prawns. The chowder was delicious but the prawns were an experience. We've never been served whole shrimp before, with the heads on and everything. So we asked the waitress for some help and she showed us how you twist the head off, the open up the rib cage and pull the meat out, sort of like a lobster. They were tasty but a lot of work, and not much meat.

Then came the real experience. We decided to go ahead and walk to the castle. On the way, we noticed the tide was indeed coming in and it was starting to get treacherous walking on the rocks along the waters edge. But we noticed a young girl, about 16-18, just ahead of us and she seemed to be climbing along just fine. So we kept plugging away. We met her at the top and took each other's pictures, enjoyed the view for a few minutes, then headed back down.

And I guess you could say we weren't surprised to find the water level too high to cross on the slippery rocks safely so in we went. At some points it was almost waist high and very cold, as you can see by the fact that the picture I took at that point is blurry from shivering.

But we made it back, put some dry clothes on and then back to Saucy Mary's for the live band, The Kings of Hakkon. They were very good but wish we could have seen the previous night's band, the Lost Bouys (or the Scone Fairies in Inverness). Yeehaw!
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