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A Week In The Isle of Skye

I somehow managed to forget about writing any blog posts about our trip to the Isle of Skye until I was thinking about writing one on our weekend in Dorset and realised I was a trip behind! If you’ve followed me for a while then you’ll already know about my annual trips to Scotland in January/February time. It’s something my boyfriend and I inadvertently started when we went to Edinburgh for our 2nd anniversary and immediately fell in love with the country.

I will be writing some more detailed posts about things to do in Skye but I wanted this first post to be more of an overview of our week. Our trips to Scotland are always one of my favourite weeks of the year and this year I’m sure won’t be an exception. This trip seemed more relaxing than usual, even though we did more walking than we usually do on winter trips. It was wonderful. Here’s some of what we got up to:

Rubha Hunish Lookout Bothy

This was my favourite walk that we did all week. We managed to do the walk out to the bothy in a break between hail showers whilst the sun was shining and it was really lovely. It would be a perfect stroll for a spring afternoon. We did unfortunately spend a bit too long taking photos in the bothy and the sky opened up again about 5 minutes after we left so were just a tad wet when we got back to the car. It was completely worth it though.

The Quiraing

We’ve done the first part of the Quiraing walk a couple of times but never made it as far as the needle until this trip. We were planning to do the whole circular walk but the weather turned and again we got caught in a hail shower so decided to turn back. The downside of hiking trips in winter!

The Old Man of Storr

I absolutely loved the walk up to Storr. I’ve been up there once before but it was in the summer and obviously completely different. It was covered in snow and I had the best time sliding down the hills on my bum in my waterproof trousers.

Elgol

We went down to Elgol twice, we stayed in the nearby Torrin the last time we spent a week in Skye but for some reason we never actually went down to the beach at Elgol. You get a beautiful view of the Cuillens and it’s a lovely spot for sunset as it’s on the West coast. From March until October (I believe) this is where you can get a boat to Loch Coruisk which I really want to do but alas we’re always there out of season.

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The North Coast

If you’ve got the time then it’s worth just driving around the coast of the island. From Talisker up to Neist Point, around to Dunvegan, over to Uig (making a pit-stop at the Fairy Glen) and up around the coast all the way to Staffin is absolutely beautiful.

The Isle of Skye is such a beautiful place. It’s changed even in the last few years since we first went there as more and more people are visiting but it’s still unspoiled in most ways.

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