We picked up our car and left Fort Williams rather disappointed (see my previous entry), entered the address of our guesthouse in the Sat Nav and started driving towards Isle of Skye. We were completely oblivious when we started taking the same route as the one taken by the Jacobite train that morning. We drove past the Glenfinnan viaduct (we didn’t stop because we had a lot of driving to do and the weather was really bad) and arrived in Mallaig to realise there was no bridge to go to Skye and that the ferry was close at that time of the day. The Sat Nav did not do a good job and we were stupid enough to follow blindly the directions :D We had to go back to Fort Williams (and make an extra 80 miles) to be right back on track. Who said paper maps were outdated ? It would not have happened if we had taken one with us. Lesson learned. We arrived on Skye super late that evening and the guy at the guesthouse was a bit pissed off by our late arrival. Oh gosh.. that day was really emotional ;-)
The next morning, we woke up and looked through the window to see the horrible weather that was waiting for us. We didn’t get discouraged and put our waterproofs on and headed towards the Fairy Glen.
The Fairy Glen has been formed by different landslides followed by glaciation, then smoothed by erosion and the result is that the area is full of little hillocks. It is also known to be the home of fairies that can either steal you away or grant your wishes :-) The place can be a bit tricky to find as there is no sign pointing to it (then Glen, not the fairies). If you want to find it, just search for the Uig Hotel then take the road signed to Sheadar and Balnaknock. The little enchanted hills are located roughly a mile from there. It was gorgeous despite the rain and despite Le falling in the mud — it was indeed very slippery when we explored the little hills.
We then drove to Uig and drove clockwise to visit this peninsula. On our way we stopped at the Skye Museum of Island Life. The museum opened in 1965 and each of the cottages was depicting the life of the people living on the island around the 19th century. I learnt why sometimes Isle Skye is referred as the Misty Island. It came from the Norse word “Ski”, meaning Cloud and “Ey” meaning island ! The island has been under the rule of the Norsemen and you can still find a lot of villages and towns bearing Norse names. It was very interesting to read all about the history !
Behind, the museum, we found the Kilmuir Graveyard. The most impressive monument is the tall memorial to Flora MacDonald, ‘Preserver of Prince Charles Edward Stuart‘.