Portree, the island's chief town - no prizes for guessing which is the 'Pink Guest House'!
Relatively speaking, I was on
home soil for this trip, and acting as a tour companion for a couple
who had flown in from the Far East to take in the sights and sounds of
this Scottish gem which many a seasoned traveller sings the praises of.
Driving to Skye from home in Yorkshire was, in terms of journey time,
something akin to a long-haul flight, and it therefore came as no
surprise that the first port of call on the island was to be Kyleakin,
a stone's throw from Skye bridge. My newly-purchased satnav took us to
the guest house's doorstep, which was as convenient as you could have
asked for, and first impressions of the island were as pleasant as any
member of our mini tour party could have hoped for.
Not all cliffs are as green-looking as this one, I'll concede
The B and B
overnight stays were booked comfortably in advance, and they pretty
much dictated the route taken around the island, which took in pretty
much all the points of interest on the island along the way. A stay at
the 'Pink Guest House' in Portree, the island's chief town, allowed us
pretty views of the local harbour, and the town offered the closest
you'd come on the island to a bona fide shopping culture. Reaching the
Museum of Island Life up towards the northern coast enabled us to gain
an insight into the history of the Crofters, and to see how island life
had evolved over the ages. When we eventually reached the remote
village of Glendale, in the far north-western corner of Skye, it felt
like we'd stumbled upon a part of Scotland which had been spared any
real attempt at development beyond its natural setting, and arguably,
it doesn't get too much more authentic than that. Driving home from
Skye made me realize that there is a fair amount of depth and diversity
to the UK's natural terrain, and that mad-for-it overseas travellers
like myself need never assume that they need to board a plane in order
to see tantalizingly fine landscapes complimented by warm-spirited
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