Today was rainy and the mist hung low over the mountains for our visit to Skye. We toured in the morning with a very good local guide. The focus of the tour was the landscape.
Skye, is the largest and northernmost of the major islands in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland. The island’s centre is dominated by the Cuillins which provide dramatic mountain scenery. According to our guide, there is no definitive agreement as to the origin of the name Skye. The island has been occupied since the Mesolithic period, and its early history includes a period of Norse rule and a period of domination by the Clans McLeod and Donald which ended with the Jacobite risings, the clearances that replaced entire communities with sheep farms and forced emigrations to countries such as Canada, Australia and the United States. As many as a third of the residents are Gaelic speakers and Gaelic culture remains important. After touring Skye we made our way south to Ballachulish stopping en route at the Eilann Donan Castle. Tomorrow we go to Glasgow where this tour ends.
Photos in order are: Old Man of Storr, basaltic cliffs, heather, harbour at Portree, King Haakon’s Castle at Kyleakin, landscape, Eilean Donan Castle