Monday, 27 October 2014

A Trip to Skye - Day Three

Our first full day on Skye and it was raining. The wonderful rain I have only experienced in Scotland - horizontal rain. To be fair it was forecast and so we weren't too surprised.

Knowing that previously in the Highlands we've come across whole towns shut on a Sunday we set out to have a bit of an exploration by car. First stop was Uig about six miles away. Uig is the ferry point for the Isles of Lewis & Harris so we thought something may be open. Nothing. So we turned round and headed for the town of Portree about fifteen miles south. 

Portree was slightly more open in that the cafes and bars were open as was the Co-Op but nothing else. We had a brief walk around before getting lunch in The Granary. This is a cafe/restaurant which sells everything from breakfast to a Sunday roast. A cheese & ham toastie & a decent coffee set us up for the afternoon. 

Now there are not many roads on Skye. And not all of them join up so we were pleasantly surprised to discover we could drive from Portree to Staffin and back round to Uig. 

This is essentially a coast road and on a clearer day must have some spectacular views. As it was we enjoyed what we could see. What can be a bit hair-raising is the single track roads and not knowing what might we round the next bend. Luckily the sheep stayed off the road!

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