After a very rainy and windy night and morning and a late start to the day, we headed to Kylerhea along a 6 miles single road track to visit a shore front otter hide. We walked about 1 kilometre on a nature trail to the hide, a timber hut with viewing windows, situated on the Kylerhea narrows between Skye and the mainland. After 30 minutes of waiting we saw two otters swimming near the shore. A little while later 3 seals arrived swimming close to the shore. We stayed watching the animals swimming around for about 2 hours. During this time the tide appeared to change, and a section of the water became darker and whirlpools were forming. Then birds began to circle over the darker water and an ever-increasing number of seals appeared, it must be feeding time. We drove down to the jetty and saw the seals swimming in the stirring waters of the strait. We were going to catch the ferry across the Kyle Rhea straits to Glenelg but because of the windy weather it wasn’t operating today. This ferry is the last operating manual turntable ferry in the world and is able to carry 6 cars. It would have been great to witness the turning, maybe next time! Our first sighting of the thistle, national emblem of Scotland.
We returned along the single lane road and drove back to the mainland across the Skye bridge over the Kyle of Lochalsh to Balmacara Estate and Lochalsh Woodland Garden where we walked a 2 km trail through native woodlands along the shores of Lochalsh. It was drizzling at times but very peaceful and beautiful.
Next stop was Plockton, an attractive village which curves around Loch Carron where there were many fishing boats tied up.
Last stop was the Eilean Donan Castle sitting on a rock at the meeting of three lochs, surrounded by mountains and reached only by an arching bridge. You can see why this is one of the most photographed castles in the world, absolutely stunning!
We then returned back to the Isle of Skye and to the outskirts of Broadford where we camped for the night.