After we left Eilean Donan castle, we made our way across the bridge to the Isle of Skye. The first thing we realized was that Skye is pure mountains and seascapes — which of course is ideal. We drove to our first distillery in Scotland — Talisker Distillery (the only one in Skye!). We tasted some whiskeys and got some souvenirs and off we went again to find our B&B in Uig. Until we arrived in Uig and realized our lodge was on a different island. Apparently Uig means bay, and there are a LOT of bays in the UK. Eeek. Luckily the workers at Uig Hotel (very cute place with a good restaurant) were very kind and basically found us the last bed in the Isle of Skye. Also by luck, everything in Skye is close together. We only had to make a 20 minute trip to our saving grace b&b in Edinbane. It ended up working out quite nicely as they had chickens, sheep, ducks, and more in the backyard!Tuckered out from our adventure, we meandered down the road to Edinbane Inn on advice from our hosts. Got some wine & food and it was delicious! There was live music upstairs too. We also discovered that the pottery place I wanted to go to was literally around the corner! We went the next morning and got some gorgeous ceramics. Wish we could’ve brought home more!
After our pottery stop, we made our way to Dunvegan Castle — also nearby to Edinbane. It blows my mind that people actually live in these places. This was a gorgeous little place with a lot of history and had great gardens. We only explored a bit as it was rainy and we were on a mission to find the fairy pools.
The drive to the Fairy Pools was a little bit scary as it was a one-car road. But very much worth it in the end! We definitely got all 10,000 steps in and hiked a bit but it wasn’t hard or strenuous. The landscapes were incredible.
After chatting with some fairies, we drove back to Portree for a lil’ happy hour and some dinner. Portree is gorrrrgeous and a nice town to take a walk around. I got some books from the local bookstore and we did some grocery shopping for snacks. The views were unbelievable, just like most of the Isle of Skye.
On our last full day in Scotland, we took the Armadale ferry to Mallaig (mainland). Quick, easy and we basically saw all of Isle of Skye driving down to Armadale from the north tip of the island. Our first stop was to see the Harry Potter train – you know the scene from the first movie where the Hogwarts Express is roarin’ through the countryside? We found it at the Glenfinnan Viaduct (also a Jacobite monument with lots of history).
We then ventured towards the site of the massacre of Glencoe (very Game of Thrones-y). After taking a photo of the picturesque (historically bloody) site, we continued the amazing drive through Glencoe all the way to Stirling Castle. We almost didn’t stop here because we were tired and it cost a good amount to get in, but we were so glad that we did. We went to five castles throughout Scotland and this was the one that really tied all the history together and where a LOT of it occurred. It was the perfect way to end our trip.
What an amazing trip. Scotland, you were a beauty, and one day I’ll be back!