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Loch Portree and beyond from outside Bayfield Backpackers Hostel
I don't know what time Mar and I woke up but all I can remember was that it was way before dawn. I think we were awoken by Miriam's alarm clock because she was up early to leave the Isle of Skye with her tour group. No matter...we ended up eating breakfast of toast slathered with lots of peanut butter, trail mix, and orange juice. We thanked Miriam for her godsend bread and peanut butter. We eventually convinced her to take the peanut butter as she was staying in hostels in Edinburgh and may need it later...so she did. We said our goodbyes! Miriam was really cool! I should have gotten her email so we could have kept in touch. Oh well...

Anyways, it was still early and Mar and I wanted to explore the town before we had to board the mini coach.
Me and Fairy Falls
We just walked around aimlessly but still minding which way whether we turned left or right at this or that street...hahaha...thank goodness we didn't get lost! I tried to take pictures but for the most part failed miserably as most of my low light shots ended up with blurry street and home lights. We headed back to the hostel and waited for the break of dawn over Loch Portree.

Mar and I were again the first ones to board the mini coach at the hostel so we snag the front seats again. We drove around Portree to pick up the other tour passengers...Helen and the mother-daughter duo from New Zealand stayed at Bosville Hotel while Oude and Bernard stayed at a bed & breakfast. Soon as everyone was gathered we headed out of Portree via A855.
The Old Mann of Storr is partially visible from Fairy Falls


The A855 follows the Trotternish Ridge or hugs the eastern coast of the Isle of Skye. We hadn't driven very far from Portree proper when we see Fairy Falls. Fairy Falls certainly wasn't as large as some other waterfalls I have seen but there was something enchanting about it and its locale...the bubbling sound of water rushing over rocks at the nearby stream...rocks and thick patches of grass saturated from last nights rainfall and morning dew...distant mountain tops shrouded in clouds of various shades of gray...wisps of my exhaled breath floating into the air...the cold brisk breeze numbing my exposed cheeks...it felt magical being there. In the distance, crowned by a thick layer of clouds was the Storr. The cloud cover was so thick that we could barely see the Old Man of Storr, a remnant volcanic plug, fronting the cliffs of the Storr.
Me, Mar, Bearreraig Bay, and Rubha Sughar
 

Back on the mini coach, instead of parking at the Storr car park, Alex exited A855 onto a small access road which led us to the Storr Lochs Cottage that is part of Skye's hydroelectric power plant. We got off the mini coach and hiked down an access path (actually a low grade slope covered with grass and gravel adjacent to the railway tracks that lead to the power plant down at the beach) which took us to a vista point of Bearreraig Bay and Rubha Sughar (the rippled cliff face across the bay). If we had more time to explore, I would have trekked down to the shoreline because I heard that you can find fossilized rocks along the beach.



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ISLE OF SKYE & THE HIGHLANDS 3 DAY TOUR

Full Details & Itinerary

Day 2 is a very flexible day on Skye.
Cliffs above Bearreraig Bay with a view Sound of Raasay in the distance
There are many possibilities depending on the weather and your driver/guide's knowledge will come to the fore in developing the best day out for you on that particular day. North of Portree is the Trotternish ridge with its spectacular cliffs and rock formations, such as the famous landmark �" the Old Man of Storr, the impressive sea cliff, Kilt Rock and the stunning mountain pass of the Quiraing. Amazing natural scenery, which is best enjoyed away from the bus by taking a walk through this unique landscape. Further west the scenery changes again with the emerald green valley of Glendale, the dramatic sea-cliffs of Neist Point (the most westerly point on the island, where you might get lucky and spot some whales or sharks!), and the 13th-century home of the Clan Macleod, Dunvegan Castle. We return to Portree in the evening.

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Loch Portree and beyond from outsi…
Loch Portree and beyond from outs…
Me and Fairy Falls
Me and Fairy Falls
The Old Mann of Storr is partially…
The Old Mann of Storr is partiall…
Me, Mar, Bearreraig Bay, and Rubha…
Me, Mar, Bearreraig Bay, and Rubh…
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Cliffs above Bearreraig Bay with …
Me, Bearreraig Bay, and Rubha Sugh…
Me, Bearreraig Bay, and Rubha Sug…
The Storr shrouded in clouds
The Storr shrouded in clouds
Before the break of dawn on the Is…
Before the break of dawn on the I…
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The view outside Bayfield Backpac…
Me and Loch Portree
Me and Loch Portree
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The view outside Bayfield Backpac…
Fairy Falls near Bearreraig Bay an…
Fairy Falls near Bearreraig Bay a…
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The view outside Bayfield Backpac…
Me with Fairy Falls in the distance
Me with Fairy Falls in the distance
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Sound of Raasay and beyond from t…
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Fairy Falls near Bearreraig Bay a…
Rubha Sughar and Bearreraig Bay fr…
Rubha Sughar and Bearreraig Bay f…
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