So here we are: The Holy Land. Well, it is for us, anyway. As I told you yesterday, arriving on Skye was like a Holy Experience. There are so many fotos you can see of Skye but they just cannot desribe the way you feel in this part of the world. It’s something so very special, so unique. The wildness, emptiness and sheer beauty of the Highlands mixed with the softness of the sea, it’s something else all together.
After three days of tough traveling we decided to take it slow. ‚The Cowshed‚ doesn’t serve breakfast, but they sent us to the ‚Uig Hotel‘, which is also dog-friendly. However, even though you can take your dog to lunch and diner there, you cannot take it to breakfast. So back we went, up the very steep hill (how do they cope in winter?) and into our pod, where we prepared an improvised meal – after three days road-triping it, we’re almost pros in that department – which we took in the windy sunshine on our sweet patio while Sammy was exploring the area around us, now and then asking for a piece of cheese or that someone please throw his ball for him to catch.
I took my shower in a bathroom that might be even smaller than my shower cabin at home but is so intelligently designed that it actually works. At about 10.30 a.m. we left and took the A 855 that leads from Uig to Portree via Staffin – and so circles the whole northern part of Skye a.k.a. Trotternish. We were moving slow because there was a gorgeous vista literally around every corner. So there were many photo stops, a visit to the Skye Museum of Island Life (which was closed, but still) and a long way (yes, 2.5 km can be very long) to Rubha Hunish Lookout Bothy. You walk over moors among sheep (you should keep your dog on a leash) and you are rewarded with an amazing view ‚over the sea to Sk….‘ Lewis and the northwestern coast of Scotland. It’s really beautiful there.
After that we decided to return and try and get our very first meal of the trip that was actually cooked and not improvised. So after a quick stop at home, we drove into Portree and claimed a table at the Isles Inn, where dugswelcome.com told me that dogs were welcome. And so they are (except in the restaurant area, as per usual). Siobhan had her very first vegetarian Haggis ever and I had a small version of that as a starter and a Seafood Carbonara. I don’t know about you, but after all this time without a proper meal, I was so starving for one. We ate a lot more thatn we ususally would have, I guess, but it was so wonderfull to have a warm, full belly. A certain strength came back. Also, especially the Seafood Carbonara was great. Try it, if you have the chance. The pub is also a wonderful location if you like to have locals and tourists mingle. There was a soccer game on that everybody watched, locals at the bar and tourists eating at the restaurant. We were lucky, actually, to have got there when we did because there were more and more people filing in from the streets.
We were so full that we had to get back out and moving as soon as possible. We took the A855 from there over Staffin back to Uig. On that street, again, there are many beautiful vistas, including a view on the Old Man of Storr. It was on a whim that I decided I had to see what the Staffin Beach was. If you are here, go down there. It’s really beautiful and you can see actual dinosaur footprints on those rocks (they are proven to be real). Also the sun broke through the clowds again, giving us beautiful light and a wonderful chance to capture yet more of northern Skyes beauty.
On our last part of the drive we got extra lucky. As you might know, there are sheep all over the Highlands. On Skye they are allowed to roam freely and sometimes they actually chose the street. So I got it in my head to capture one or more walking the street in front of us. And I got it. I cannot wait to show you the pictures of those cute animals with their orange, pink or blue spots, whiggling their furry asses in front of the car. From this day on I am totally in love with sheep. So cute… Can’t wait to show you the photos!
We headed home early because tomorrow the alarm will go off at 3.30 a.m. Why? Wait and see 😉