Dunvegan Castle was our first stop on our whislestop tour of the Isle of Skye. Dunvegan Castle has been the stronghold of the Chiefs of MacLeod for nearly 800 years and it remains the home of the Clan Chief. Not the most attractive of castles from the outside, it looks a bit like a block of flats with turrets!
The castle houses a collection of memorabilia, including a fairy flag. Legend has it that this sacred banner has miraculous powers and when unfurled in battle, the clan MacLeod would invariably defeat their enemies. There are also some items belonging to Flora MacDonald, who apparently is not the margarine burger heiress!
Jane took great delight when purchasing the tickets to the castle as this was the first time I was eligible for the seniors’ rate!
When you are out and about exploring there’s alway ample opportunity to do a little geocaching and, as on this occasion, you get to go to places you might have missed.
This is the Coral Beach in Claigan, just north of Dunvegan. The beach is made from crushed white coral like seaweed that makes the water look tropical blue when the sun comes out. A truly magical place!
We were very lucky to see this place on such a lovely day, although when the wind blew it was still a bit chilly! Just a random fact, the name of this bit of water is the “Little Minch”…….I just liked the name!
The next stop on our tour took us to Neist Point and this is where one of the most famous lighthouses in Scotland is situated. It is on the most westerly tip of Skye near the township of Glendale, where we stopped for our fish and chips lunch and an ice cream……..lovely!
We were still holding on to the beautiful blue sky but it was getting chillier, and we were running out of energy so we didn’t walk down to the light house……..which I regret now that I’m sat here in my study writing this!
After about 12 hours of touring around Skye it was time to head back to our caravan, which was pitched at Reraig Camping and Caravan site on the shores of Lock Alsh, to have some tea!