Isle of Skye is the largest Isle in the Inner Hebrides. We did take a few minutes to ask our B&B host how to pronounce a few of the names that were in Gaelic. (I did know how to say Hebrides – it has three syllables, lol). You get to the Isle over a bridge. Many of the smaller isles you can only reach by boat or ferry. Many of them were operating on a reduced schedule since it was so early in Spring.
While we were taking pictures of the Old Man – there were 2 other cars on the road. If you come to Skye in summer – we heard there is often not parking. The websites will tell you buses that you can take to drop you off in the car parks if you want to do the hikes. Having most of the spots on this day to ourselves was worth the trees and grass not yet being all green!
This shot is as we drove off from the opposite view.
This is taken from the Scottish Tourist website:
The traditional postcard views shift in scale and perspective as you travel along the road and visitors may be tempted to drive crane-necked in order to see it all. The road is single track in places and a better plan is to use the passing places provided. Those who climb out of their cars are rewarded with the most splendid views. The inadequate parking at the Old man of Storr and at the Quiraing requires common sense to be applied for the sake of safety.
This stop is between Storr and Quirang. There was the sounds of waves and waterfalls.
We were making our way more or less around the Isle. Next stop was Quiraing. I had to go to the bathroom (WC in the UK)… Not to worry – Staffin was coming up – here is the helpful information on the Scottish tourism site for this next area:
Staffin – the “liberal sprinkling” of houses – liberal must mean something else to them! Unfortunately everything was closed, so we were not able to get any wooly hats or frying pans, or a WC…..
It is all a gorgeous drive. I don’t remember for sure, but I think we only passed one other car on the trips up and down. Coming up the mountains the cars are pretty close to the edge of the roads. But with sheep on the roads and no other people, we were able to stop for some pictures and take our time.
Did you know Scotland has sheep, lol…. Lots and Lots and Lots of sheep. Everywhere. Even as high up as we were in these pictures, they were everywhere. It is amazing to me to see them on the sides of some pretty rugged crags and mountains.
In this one you can see the road that we were coming up. The brown is because it is not yet warm enough for the vegetation to green up – much like it is in Indiana in late March.
The Trotternish Ridge was formed by a great series of landslips and the Quiraing is the only part of the slip still moving. In fact,the roads require repairs each year.
If you are interested in the walk around the Quiraing – the internet is full of information – this is a site with quick description of it –
You can see the mainland of Scotland and the Outer Hebrides both from up here.
Look closely in the background of the above picture and you can see Staffin and the white houses.
Just under her feet you can see a small cemetery.
Each way you turn – there is a beautiful view.