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From Durnness to Skye

 

 

 

We are glad to leave Durness and set out for Skye. During the past days hurricane Hector was raging here. Damages were limited but the TV system broke down. It did not matter much because the heating in the living room did not work anyway and TV evenings were cancelled.

Once before, many years ago, we have been to Skye, by train and with backpacks. At that time there only was a ferry to the island. A ferry is still existing, as it is the last and only rotation ferry in the world. More about that later.

We are starting with surprisingly good weather...

The scenery is flying along and offers any number of interesting views. This route certainly is one of the most beautiful ones of Scotland. We are driving along the long Kyle of Durness. Somewhat more than 160 miles are ahead of us now.

One of those "lonely rides" we love so much. We meet few vehicles only and the landscape is terrific.

 

 

Partly straight stretches, then big dippers. Everyone can meet his taste here.

 

Only the weather in the meantime changed its mind and rain is pouring down. The saying that in Scotland each glen has its own weather is wrong today. Rain all over. 

When the rain ceases a little, we reach another highlight: the bridge of Kylesku. It looks majestic and gigantic.

It crosses Loch Gleann Dubh and connects the towns of Kylestrome and Unapool.

By now we approach the first stopover, Ullapool at Loch Broom, but before this we shall pass Ardvreck Castle...

Erected by the McLeoad clan end of the 15th century, this castle ruin is located on a peninsular in Loch Assynt.

The rain simply will not stop and we are glad to reach the small coastal town of Ullapool at Loch Broom. The town is charming but with all the rain and without an accomodation we prefer another time for a longer stay.

Our actual destination is getting closer and closer and the steady rain cannot sink our spirits. Anyway, we have to take care as we are on the 'Celtman Thriatlon' route and meet quite a number of soaked bicycle racers. There are sports I'm not really keen on...   

For the 'Celtman' you have to swim across a Loch, run 23 km across high plains and mountains, and go 200 km by bike. However, if you like to register, you can do it here:  Celtman

Behind Kinlochewe the bikers turn off and soon the relieving sign for Skye shows up ahead of us. 

Soon we are reaching Kinlochewe and get a first view of the Skye Bridge.

As mentioned before, this bridge did not exist on our first tour with backpack and tent, it was finished only in 1995.

It has a total length of 500 metres and a clearance height of about 30 metres. 

A few more miles only and we cross the bridge. Our next stop is the small town of Broadford to get supplies. 

The streets are obviously better here and financing is mainly due to EU-Funding like so many other things in Scotland as well as Wales and England. Hear me, English Parliament?!

Done - destination reached!

A pleasant surprise is waiting for us: different to our last cottage we even find a blazing fire in the fire-place. And in the kitchen we are made welcome by a 'Victoria Sponge'.

May the Skye-adventure beginn!