driving tour around Trotternish peninsula, Isle of Skye, Scotland with new amigos

Trotternish peninsula Travel Blog

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rocky slope by Lealt Falls in Tote on the Trotternish peninsula, Isle of Skye in Northwest Highlands of Scotland

In the morning, I met up again with Eduardo, who spoke some English, with two other Spanish companions of his and they invited me to join them on their drive around Trotternish, the northern peninsula of the island.  After breakfast, the four of us plied in their little rental car and rambled north.

 

We stopped first at Lealt Falls in Tote, a narrow waterfall pouring down the steep chasm of a grassy abyss that opens to the sea.  Continuing through Kilt Rock (though, we neglected to stop at the cliffs) and into Brogaig, we made a westerly diversion off A855 down the road that connects the coasts.  A short distance down, we parked to perambulate around Quiraing.

Evans on the moor at Lealt Falls in Tote, Isle of Skye in Northwest Highlands of Scotland
  My Spanish friends remained in the lowlands while I traversed the fields, jogging through gossamer and sheep shit, to hike to the top of the bluff.  My wind outran me in the thin mountain air, yet I faced the challenging incline and reached the second pinnacle for an unbeatable view of the boundless landscape.  Alone at the top, I gazed in all directions, took a few pictures, and caught my breath before galloping down to the car.

 

Doubling back to A855, we continued past free ranging cattle and sheep roaming about the countryside and onto the streets, as well as a few ranchers tending their flocks in tall rubber boots.  On the coast of the Trotternish’s northwestern tip, we went on foot along the stunning coast to the remains of Duntulm Castle.  Pausing to marvel at the brilliant azure of the see below our grassy perch, Eduardo helped me describe the scene, “La bahía es muy azul y la vista es preciosa.”  (Translation: The bay is very blue and sight is precious.)

 

Rounding the loop down the peninsular western coast, we drove between green pastures of wooly, horned highland cattle to the left and Scotland’s panoramas on the right.  Continuing through Portree in under an hour, we arrived in Kyle of Lochalsh another hour or so later.  Sitting outside on the seawall behind The Lochalsh Hotel with my gracious new amigos, we ate sandwiches for lunch and shared a final few laughs before paths diverged.
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Trotternish peninsula
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