Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Day 7 Aberdeenshire to Skye

Monday 16 April. This was our first day of mostly driving. But with the sky sunny, and the scenery glorious, we stopped many times to soak in the view.
We drove down the A890. Strome Viewpoint overlooks the sea loch, Lochcarron. For forty years Strome was the railway terminus for trains connecting to the Hebrides bound ships. It was not until the 1960's that a motor road was built around the Loch. In the 1970's and 80's, this loch was the site of a huge industry that built oil rigs for the North Sea oil drilling sites. Today oil rigs are built in Asia and no visible remnants of that industry remai here. It was such a fine vista, I snapped shots of the blissful travelers.
One used to have to sail to the Isle of Skye as did Bonnie Prince Charlie in fleeing from the government forces after the Battle of Culloden. In 1995, the bridge was built forever changing the island. The rest of the pictures tell of our afternoon on Skye.
Skye Bridge with the Cuillin Mountains in the background

Our driver/guide Karen,  took us to some of her favorite spots on the Isle of Skye.
Fairy Castle in Fairy Glen
Carol and Ray hiking up to the "castle"
Almost there!
Many cairns and modern stone creations dot Fairy Glen
Where the fairies swim
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Judy peering over the edge
Kilt Rock
Our first view of peat banks

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