Over the sea to Skye.

Arriving on Skye via the ferry from Mallaig, you immediately see the skyline dominated by the Cullins, looming ever upwards shrouded in cloud and mist. We had decided to wild camp for the first night and as usual the VW T5 Forum came up trumps with members recommendations about where to camp. We found a delightfully quiet spot at Tokavaig Bay, sheltered from the wind with the waves lapping at the shore only a few metres away and only the wildlife for company.

The next day we were meeting friends and headed for the Fairypools, the turquoise waters were stunning, the horizontal rain, not so much. Back into the van to dry off and over the hill to Carbost. The Old Inn is a real gem as is the community coffee shop which has public toilets and showers attached to it. Lunch was followed by a tour of the Talisker Distillery, now neither of us are whiskey fans, and the taster at the end of the tour confirmed this, we’re sticking to Rum and Gin (more on Gin to come…..)

Home for the night was to be the Skye Camping and Caravanning Club site, good facilities, but all a bit to regimented for our liking, a mile bimble down the road brought us to the Edinbane Inn, another gem of a pub with great food and local beers, the venison burger gets a thumbs up from me.

Uig was calling and a wee purchase in the Skye Brewing Company shop for the ale shelf back in Hampshire. Across to Staffin and then down the NW coast past the ‘Old Man of Storr’ and it’s crowds all waiting for their ascent and selfie.

Heading across the Skye bridge at Kyle of Lochalsh, a nod of the head to the guys at BUTEC and a top up of diesel, we headed for a lunch stop looking across Loch Duich and Eilean Donan Castle, we were even joined by a pair of European Otters.

Next stop Applecross.


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