Isle of Skye Wedding

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.

Dan at Hillstone Lodge

Bec starting her Scotland craft gin tour

Two weary travelers getting in the way of Three Chimney’s 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.

Bec at Neist Point

Did I mention the number of sheep? These herbivores outnumber humans by a big ratio

Our first visit to a distillery…Talisker

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.

Richard showing the whippersnappers a thing or two

Father and son going fishing

Kyle and Kaden victorious in axe throwing

Dunvegan Castle

Hen do – Seal colony tour

The iconic Portree shot

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.

Bec and Dan at Marmalade Hotel

The groom and his best man

Dan’s trusty brella meets its maker

 

August 21, 2018 – Kyle, Katherine, Rebecca, and Dan

Karina and Kaden with an aperatif

Bec, Karina, Kathleen, and Amber at Skeabost Hotel

Newly wed, Kyle and Katherine, in their thrones

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.

An important stop, Isle of Skye Brewing Co.

Dan on Brother’s Point

A Skye Pie

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4 Responses to Isle of Skye Wedding

  1. Uncle Dale says:

    What a great story. Pretty sure the food were authentic Scottish and the weather sounded the same. It kind of gives new meaning to destination wedding though. One of us would love to see Scotland but we’d need a driver. Hope you managed to get some of those local products home. You two are looking better with age.

    • danroyerickson says:

      Hey Uncle Dale. Thanks for the nice comments. You and Auntie Pat must be relearning English after such a long time in “At France”!!! Baguette, jambon, and fromage withdrawls as well. We’re sure you had a great time. Chat soon.

  2. Darlene Dewar says:

    Very nice Dan and Rebecca. Once again it was great to see you and even better to spend some time with you. It was An amazing wedding and trip

    • danroyerickson says:

      Thanks Mrs. Dewar. We had a great time as well. It was great to spend some time with you, Kathleen, the kids, and of course the wedding couple! Hope to see you and Mr. Dewar soon. Take care.

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