Memories of Skye

The Isle of Skye is one of the most remote areas of Scotland, with the Hebrides archipelago around the corner. Despite narrow roads on hillsides with sharp turns and sheep on the road, it’s very nice to explore the island by car. The countryside is charming and some places even have coffee.

The roadsigns are written in both English and Gaelic, since 30 percent of the population speak the latter language, and I had a hard time trying to understand several of the locals.

The scenery is nothing short of spectacular and we climbed several hillsides for unparalleled views, including having breakfast next to the Old Man of Storr. The island is also home to the Talisker distillery, producing the well-known single malt, and the basalt pillars at Staffin on the east coast. Historically, the island is perhaps best known as the place where Bonnie Prince Charlie fled after the Battle of Culloden in 1746, disguised as an Irish maid.

Isle of Skye Notice the sheep and the windy road.

While traveling the roads, the surroundings felt more like Iceland or northern Norway than Scotland. The ferry from bug-infested town of Mallaig is quite a short ride, but if you got time I strongly recommend taking the toll-free beautiful Skye Bridge.

As they say, the Skye is the limit.

4 comments

  • avatar
    Sofia Pettersson
    19 Jun, 2008

    You are very brave indeed. Now that it has been established that coffee actually can be found there, maybe I will go too. Because it sure seems pretty.
    The single malt would just be a bonus.

  • avatar
    20 Jun, 2008

    Well, it’s a tough job but somebody had to do it. As they say, “the things I do for my country”. :)
    But between you and me, let’s go to Iceland instead and make a roadtrip along the glaciers.

  • avatar
    Tess
    16 Jul, 2008

    “Some places even have coffee”… hehe.. Beautiful photo! Lucky sheep to have such a nice surrounding!

  • avatar
    sofia
    20 Jul, 2008

    Yes. Let’s.

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