Today we drove to Talisker to visit the Talisker Distillery, Skye’s only distillery on the shores of Loch Harport. It is quite a large concern with three big white buildings and is operated by Diageo which is a British multinational company with its headquarters in London. We took a tour where we saw the production process involved in making whisky and had a sample dram. The tour is really comprehensive and very impressive. We bought another 2 bottles of whisky to add to our quickly dwindling supply.
We then drove to Glenbrittle on a single track for 7 miles each way surrounded by the magnificent Cullin Hills. The landscape is stunning with endless huge green rolling hills dotted with sheep. There were a lot of people walking the hills and it was impossible to get a parking space.
We then continued to Dunvegan for the night and wild camped.
Saturday 16 June 2018 The Isle of Skye: Dunvegan- Neist Point – Trumpan
This morning was very rainy and an overcast sky, so we decided to visit Dunvegan Castle and gardens the home of the Chiefs of Clan MacLeod for 800 years. The 30th chief of the MacLeods, Hugh MacLeod, still resides in the castle in areas which are not open to the public. The castle gardens are a diverse range of plants and flowers and are absolutely stunning. The castle built on a rock is the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Scotland. On display are many clan treasures, the most famous of which is the Fairy Flag. We walked through the rooms open to the public and read about the history of Clan MacLeod. The castle history gives a great recount of the Clan and its descendants.
Next, we drove 7 miles each way of single lane tack to Neist Point Lighthouse, Skye’s most westerly point where the most magnificent cliffs of the Hebrides are towering over 1000 feet. We walked 2 kilometres along a track to the lighthouse and the view is magnificent. The view of the Macleod Tablelands from here is also stunning. On the drive there was lots of traffic and we had to constantly stop in the passing lanes and also wait for the sheep and their babies to move from the road in their own time. Driving on single lane tracks requires a lot of patience.
From here we continued to the Waternish Peninsula on the north side of Loch Dunvegan to Stein village where the oldest pub on Skye is located, the Stein Inn, a white building overlooking the Minch and Outer Isles with fantastic views. Further on there’s the Trumpan Church scene of the bloody massacre of the MacLeod Clan by the MacDonalds of Uist whom set fire to the church burning within the Macleod congregation in the middle of the 16th century. The ruins of the church still remain. Here we met a lovely couple from Sydney, Australia who have been travelling around in a motorhome for 4 months every year for the last 6 years.
We then returned to Dunvegan for dinner at The Old School which we ate at 10 years ago the last time we visited Dunvegan. It is still one of the beat restaurants in Scotland. We wild camped on the first layby to the Waternish Peninsula.