Sunday, 09.09.2012

Today we explored the western parts of Skye. Our first destination was the Neist Point Lighthouse on the westernmost point of the island. Again we watched gannets performing their elegant and acrobatic dives. We are simply fascinated by these birds.

Neist Point Lighthouse

Dagmar on the lookout

devouring the catch

Our next stop was to visit the seal colony near Dunvegan Castle. There are boat trips offered from the castle, but we preferred to approach the seals by foot crossing the Fiadhairt peninsula.

seals and castle

here, too, were many curious pups

the boat on its way back to the castle

We then decided to visit the castle. The gardens are well-kept and worth seeing. Dunvegan Castle is the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Scotland being the ancestral seat of the chief of the Clan MacLeod for more than 800 years.

Round Garden

Walled Garden

Dunvegan Castle seen from the jetty

Finally we visited the Skyeskyns tannery. They produce fleeces and leather made from sheep skin but also from cow and reindeer. The guided tour is very interesting and informative and we were hard tempted to take a fleece with us. Maybe next time!

Our visit at the famous Stein Inn was a bit of a letdown. The atmosphere in the oldest pub of the island is very rustic and cosy with a peat fire burning in the open hearth but unfortunately the steaks had not been up to our expectations.

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