It was mainly a day to drive around and stop for photos along the way, but we still managed to do a fair amount of walking, particularly when we stopped at the main parking area for the trailhead to the Old Man of Storr. It was a 2,200 foot elevation change from the parking lot to the Old Man, so we had decided earlier not to walk all the way up. However, we did walk a fair way up the hill on both the left and the right sides to get some views of the rock formation.
As I expected, the cloud hanging out in the valley between the Old Man and the rock face of The Storr started to clear out as soon as we were back in the car and driving down the highway, but we were able to get a great view from the road.
There were lots of scenic stops to make as we went.
Another lovely rock formation along the way was Kilt Rock, complete with Mealt Waterfall in the foreground flowing over the cliff and directly into the ocean.
We continued to drive along the coast, getting a few photos along the way of the Quiraing, a landslip on the eastern face of Meall na Suiramach, the northernmost summit of the Trotternish Ridge. I had originally thought we might take a hike along the ridge, but it wasn’t in the cards today, so I contented myself with a few photos from the road.
We stopped at lovely little café in Kilmaluag for lunch. The Single Track Art Gallery & Espresso Bar was recommended to us by the librarian we met at Armadale yesterday, and he was absolutely right to do so. It is a very small café without the best signage, and we would have totally driven past it if we hadn’t known what to look for. It had been described as a grey angular building that looked a bit like a coffin. Seeing it from the road, we agreed this must be the place, so we pulled into the parking area.
The café probably couldn’t hold more than 10 people at a time, but we had the BEST sandwich we’d had on the trip, and frankly, one of the best sandwiches I’ve ever had. Steve and I also shared a piece of Belgian chocolate cake with cardamom marzipan frosting, and I had a dark chocolate hot chocolate. It was all absolutely delicious. A highly recommended lunch spot, if you can find it.
Following lunch, we continued our drive along the coast to the ruins of Duntulm Castle, the 15th century Clan MacLeod, and later Clan Donald, castle that the librarian at Armadale had told us about yesterday.
Our final stop of the day was another Fairy Glen. This Fairy Glen seemed more aptly named than the one we visited in Rosemarkie. While the Rosemarkie glen was lovely, the glen just south of Uig looks like the kind of place fairies might live, with small, swirly hills, rising like fairy-sized mountain peaks.
We spent a bit of time walking around in the glen, taking photos of a series of waterfalls across the next valley.
As the afternoon started to fade away, we drove back to Portree for our final night on Skye, enjoying a lovely equine sunset back at the B&B. After all, I did mention that I find horses outside the B&B to be quite charming.