Speed bonnie boat like a bird on the wing
Onward the sailors cry
Carry the lad that’s born to be king
Over the sea to Skye
Our trip to Scotland was a family trip, and part of it was uncovering the roots of clan Donald. Where better to start than the Isle of Skye?
Originally we were supposed to take a boat over the sea to Skye, which would have left from Mallaig. This Sunday crossing was cancel in what I have to blame on Barb Taub for what she posted exactly a week before we were take that ill-fated Ferry – I am sure she jinxed me ;) lol, sorry Barb, but when the ferry was canceled I had to think of this post! (The image at the top is a view of Skye from Mallaig – so close yet so far!)
Anyway, despite having to turn around and spending a lot more time on the bus to get to the bridge, we did have a great time on Skye.
We had a tour guide for our day on Skye, the only day with a guide. Not only did he give us some history of the places that we saw, he also gave us a romanticized version of Flora’s story.
Here is a very quick Itinerary of our full day on Skye.
We had spent the night in Kyleakin and drove up the north coast to Portree, stopping at Sligachan Old Bridge for a short walk about and photo opportunity of the Cullin range and the Heroes of the Hills statue (Collie and MacKenzie). After lunch in Portree, we continued up the coast, with a stop at Kilt Rock and at the Staffin Dinosaur Museum, where the owner gave us a private lecture (my brother is a geologist, and reading about the place, the owner likes to talk about his life-time project of the museum). We couldn’t stop at the most photographed place on Skye, the Old Man of Storr, because it was super busy. We stopped up at the Skye Museum of Island Life, but I walked up to Flora MacDonald’s grave instead of going in to see the reconstructed croft houses. I am sure she is an ancestor (she came to America about the same time as our first Mac/McDonald ancestors, so of course… ;) ) From there, we drove to the opposite corner of Skye… (in the photo below, most of my family is present. The guide is on the right, between my parents)
The highlight of our time on Skye might just be the visit to Armadale Castle and Museum. It was actually closed when we were there, but the museum curator opened it up for our family. She gave us a quick overview of the history of Clan Donald and of the museum’s collection. We took a little time to go through the museum and then walked down to the castle itself, despite the pouring rain. It was a great way to finish a visit to our family’s homeland.
Overall I loved Skye. The island is beautiful. i want to go back and do some major hiking. Despite the full day, there are many places on the island I need to see. Some day…
Here are some photos, including those above, from (or towards) the Isle of Skye. You can click on a photo to bring up a bigger version and then scroll through, like a slide show.
I hope you enjoyed! This was part 2. Part one, the introduction to the trip, is here.