Oh So Tired and Oh So Hungry!
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December 29th, 2007 – by: TRE69
Mar and I took the set of stairs right next to Bayfield Backpackers Hostel which led us upto Somerled Square. When we got to the Bosville Hotel, we were turned away as they were fully booked for the rest of the evening. Shit what were we going to do about dinner...the grocery store was already shut down for the evening! Fortunately, the Bosville Hotel receptionist suggested an alternative, the Cuillin Hills Hotel, and also gave us verbal directions.
Before heading out to Cuillin Hills Hotel, we walked down towards the harbor along Quay Street. There was just enough available light from the sunset and the street and house lights to take a few shots of the famous buildings that line Portree Harbor, which by daylight are a rainbow of pastel colors.
We were getting really hungry so we hiked back up Quay Street and past The Bosville Hotel on Bosville Terrace/Mill Road. When Mill Road forked, we kept to the right (Scorrybreck Road) as per directions by the Bosville receptionist. The neighborhood was eerily quiet and dark as there were very few lit homes and even fewer lit street lights. As we neared the next fork in the road, we weren't sure if we had to take the left (Budhmor Place) or right road (Scorrybreck Road). If we took the left road, it appeared to go even deeper into a residential area. If we took the right road, it appeared to head into the dark woodlands.
We stood at the fork in the road for quite awhile trying to get our bearings straight and trying to recall the receptionist's exact verbal directions.
The hottie dad knew exactly where we needed to go. So we headed down the right road into the dark woodlands. After crossing the small bridge, the road started a gradual, winding incline. At the top of the hill was our salvation...the Cuillin Hills Hotel.
We entered the hotel via the first door we saw which was not the front door but the side door. The place was so quiet it didn't seem as if anyone was around. When we found the main foyer, we were welcomed by the receptionist who informed us that the casual dining area at the Brasserie by the bar wasn't open yet but that we were free to wait around either at the bar or the drawing room.
We were seated at a table near the large windows that would have given us a beautiful view of the Portree Harbor, the Sound of Raasay, and the Cuillin mountains if it had been day time. Oh well, we were just happy that this place was open and that we could grub after such a long day. After glancing at the menu, I knew what I wanted.
Since the hotel has a remote atmosphere (about 1 mile from our hostel) I thought Mar and I would be the only people dining. But to my surprise more patrons eventually arrived. I think we were the only out-of-towners. Nevertheless, I enjoyed our leisurely dinner even the haggis, though we had to hike a bit to have it.
Back at the hostel, we chatted more with Fiona and her friend. They were on a road trip with some other friends also staying at the hostel. After getting cleaned up and packing my bag, as this was our last night on the Isle of Skye, I was too full to lay down and rest. So I headed to the hostel's dining room/lounge to investigate the loud raucous.
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