In the early hours of Saturday, July 18th, Bec and I flew out for Edinburgh, Scotland. We would be attending our friends’ Kyle and Katherine’s wedding on the Isle of Skye. We landed around 7:30am and found our way to the rental car. We set off in the direction of Glasgow, but bypassed it and continued northwest in the direction of Loch Lommond & the Trossachs National Park. The A82 hugged the western shore of the loch then started to climb into the Scottish Highlands. The scenery was amazing…exactly the highland landscape one envisions. We continued our drive finally reaching the small port town of Mallaig to catch our ferry. It is possible to drive onto Skye via the bridge at Kyle of Lochalsh, but we would do that on our way off the island. The 45 min ferry arrived on the southern end of Skye at the town of Armadale. We drove north up the island, passed the Cuillin Hills, turned off at Sligachan, and drove up the western side of the island finally reaching our destination of Colbost, a remote village on Loch Dunvegan. Our one night accommodation was a modern B&B named Hillstone Lodge and overlooked the loch. The day of driving was a wee bit tiring, but totally worth it. That night, we ate dinner at the famous Three Chimneys restaurant which had been recommended by our Scottish friends Laurie and Amanda. We had the set menu with wine pairings and were seated at the Kitchen Table with another couple (inside the kitchen, hence the name) where we could watch and interact with the chefs.
The next morning, we were served a deliciously rich breakfast of poached eggs on Stornoway black pudding with spinach, crispy bacon, and mustard whisky sauce. We said goodbye to our hosts and headed further out on the Duirinish Peninsula to Neist Point, the most westerly point on Skye. The Neist Point Lighthouse has been there since 1909. We walked down and back to the lighthouse and admired the views. We then drove around to the other side of Loch Dunvegan and did the Two Churches Walk, a 45 minute jaunt through forest and open moor. From there, we re-traced the previous day’s steps by car down to the Talisker Distillery. We had a tour of Skye’s only distillery followed by a tasting. Talisker is quite a peaty whisky. We then turned tail and headed for the largest town on Skye, Portree. We checked into the Marmalade Hotel then set out to meet the Dewar Clan. We caught up on everyone’s Scotland adventures to date and walked into town for dinner at The Isles Inn pub.
Monday was the stag and hen dos. I picked up Kyle and his son, Kaden, at 8:30am and we made the 15 minute drive to Skeabost to pick up Kyle’s future step-father-in-law, Richard. The four of us drove to meet Garry, our fishing guide or “ghillie”. We walked down to the River Snizort and Garry had us all fly fishing in no time. We were hoping for a salmon or a sea trout as they made their spawning run. They proved quite elusive that day, but we did see them jumping. We went back into town to grab some lunch and relax for a little while. Dew’s Stag Do Part Deux involved a run out to A.C.E. Target Sports. We were given a tutorial and were soon throwing our own axes and shooting air guns. That night, the fellas had a big dinner at Antlers Bar & Grill. We later caught up with the ladies and heard about their day visiting Dunvegan Castle and touring a seal colony by boat.
Then came the big day on Tuesday, August 21st. The wedding timing was moved up to avoid some potential nasty weather forecasted for the afternoon. Bec and I did a little shopping in the village in the morning before Kaden and Kyle came over to get dressed. At 3:00pm, we set out for Fairy Glen on the Trotternish Peninsula. The weather was deteriorating fast. We arrived and were led up a steep hill by the officiant into a small glen. The wind and rain had picked up even more and umbrellas were flipping everywhere, but Kyle and Katherine stood their ground and said their “I do’s”. In fact, I secretly think it’s the weather they were hoping for! Dinner was held at the historic Skeabost Hotel while the rain poured down outside. The setting and food were both amazing. All in all, a beautiful Scottish summer’s day.
On Wednesday, Bec and I would be leaving Skye, but not before seeing the rest of the iconic Trotternish Peninsula. We drove up the same route to Fairy Glen, but continued on into Uig. We made a stop at The Isle of Skye Brewing Co. and picked up some supplies. We made the loop around the tip of the peninsula making stops at an Iron Age souterrain and Kilt Rock & Mealt Falls. We did an hour’s walk down to Brother’s Point and back and had a pie from Skye Pies. We tried to drive up to see the Quiraing, but the weather was too socked in to see anything so we turned around and made our final stop at the Old Man of Storr. We passed through Portree at 2:00pm and were on our way to Cairngorms National Park.