Tuesday, 11.09.2012

Today we had to say goodbye to Joe and Yvonne and the Isle of Skye. Passing picturesque Sligachan Bridge we drove to Kyleakin and over the Skye Bridge to Kyle of Lochalsh. The bridge has a width of some 500 m and was opened in 1995 replacing the ferry service. There have been protests and non-payment campaigns against the high tolls charged right from the start and since the end of 2004 the passage is free.

Sligachan Bridge with Cuillin Hills

Skye Bridge

Since we had booked a Hopscotch ticket including the passage to Mallaig we headed back to Skye and across the Sleat peninsula to Armadale. Sleat with its lush green rolling hills is often called the garden of Skye.

Knock Bay on Sleat

After our last ferry crossing we set out on the Road to the Isles from Mallaig to Fort William. The Glenfinnan Viaduct known from the Harry Potter movies is a must-see and here at the shores of Loch Shiel Bonnie Prince Charlie raised the banners in 1745 at the beginning of the 2nd Jacobite Rising.

no Hogwarts-Express anywhere

Glenfinnan Monument

We had plenty of time left so we decided to visit the Ben Nevis Distillery in Ft. William. The distillery looks a bit neglected but on the other hand it was allowed to take photos which was not permitted at Talisker. The whisky sample we were offered after the tour was a rather young blend
that left no great mark.

one of the stills

Since we did not want to drive all the way from Skye to Edinburgh in one day we had booked for our last night in Scotland at Dale and Julia's Highland Croft B&B.

The lovely house offers commanding views of Loch Linnhe and the mountains of Morvern. Dale is breeding Hebridean black sheep and there are also chickens providing freshly laid eggs for breakfast.

Dale's sheep with Loch Linnhe and the Onich Hotel in the background

In the evening we went for dinner to the nearby Onich Hotel and also tried some more whiskies - I very much appreciated not having to drive tonight.

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