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October 27, 2009 / ipodgirl

Scotland: The Isle of Skye

I’ve been looking forward to visiting Skye for quite some time. And it was even more beautiful than I expected. One of the branches of my family emigrated to Canada from Skye a long, long time ago and it is amazing that I still feel a connection to this place.
We were fortunate enough to have a clear and sunny day for our tour of the island – something the locals assured us was quite rare in October.

The north side of the island is sparsely populated and once outside the towns near the bridge (Broadford and Portree, the capital) we found ourselves on a single track road pulling off to the side infrequently to left a car pass by and more often slowing down to admire the local sheep. But more on the sheep of Skye later.

This picture was taken in Trotternish and shows off the Old Man of Storr.

And now back to those sheep. At first they looked friendly enough. Willing to pose for a picture or two while trotting down the highway.

I’ll leave the sheep alone for a while and return to the natural beauty of Skye.

Somewhere about now, we had made our way to the south of the island and felt it appropriate that we take a short break and tour the Talisker Distillery in Carbost. It was a fine tour, with a wee dram offered as a sample and then we were back on our way.

Ahhh, the return of the Sheep of Skye. There is a bit of an inside joke about the sheep. I wanted a picture of me with the sheep on the road and I wanted that picture very badly. I had Roël stop several times so I could get out and mingle with the sheep while he got the picture. Every time I stepped out of the car, the sheep made for the hills. So one more close-up of my friend, the sheep the way they look when you are in your car. And then the view we had most often. The sheep, actually airborne, and from the rear.

A couple more shots of the incredible scenery on Skye.

And then back to the bridge at Kyleakin.

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  1. Anonymous / Jan 2 2010 5:30 pm

    I've been looking all over for this!Thanks.

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