Day 3

Wednesday 15th October – Isleornsay


The night was a bit better. It was quiet till 5.30 when someone came in but I’d been awake since 4.30. I’m just useless at sleeping. We got up at seven and I had a shower. It was much easier than yesterday. It was less wet on the floor.

We made our breakfast speaking to a Skyeman – Jerry doing a course to get his skipper’s ticket. Now we are waiting for our 9.30 ferry. I don’t think I will be able to update this till we get home. We go over to Skye now and I don’t think there’s Wifi at our B & B. Well what do you know here we are at Isleornsay and we have Wifi so I can update. Yet another sunny day. Before crossing to Skye from the car park – the islands of Rhum and Eigg.

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And the Cuillins showing over Skye.

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We got down to the ferry for loading time of 9.10 and of course it was late but we got our tickets etc sorted out.

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There were only four cars on the ferry – lovely and quiet. The car behind had a pleasant Quebec Canadian couple in it. He had owned a Mini in 1980 – a gold one. The ferryman talked to me – his boss has one. Then the boss came up. Everyone loves a Mini. It was a lovely crossing even though the wind was high.

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Here are four video clips from our crossing. The first two are from inside.


Here is looking ahead to Armadale.


Here is looking back to Mallaig.


Anne is not an ocean going enthusiast. She never came out on deck.

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Armadale coming up.

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At Armadale we turned left and went down the Sleat Peninsula. We parked the Mini at the end of the tarred road and walked to the lighthouse at the Point of Sleat 5.3 miles.


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A different view of Eigg.

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And of Rhum – we are nearer.

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We branched off for the lighthouse. The path is rough and boggy.

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We were amazed to find houses down here in the very south.

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This was described as an “Honesty Cafe”. It was full of reused bottles of water. Dear knows where they were filled or how long they had been sitting here. We turned down the offer!

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And at last we reached the lighthouse right down on the point. This video has a 360 degree panorama. I am sorry about the light flash into the sun but felt the video was still worth putting up.

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An amazing walk in the sunshine. It is quite an arduous walk and boggy but we had wellies on. Poor Anne was tiring on the way back but the views down the mainland and of Rhum and Eigg were amazing. When we got back to the Mini we got our wellies off went on a wee bit back up the road had something to eat. What views.

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Then we had a wee rest listening to Neil Diamond! We then drove to Broadford. We parked and had a wander round the few shops, had a rest in a wee park, and then got an icecream. Anne got presents to take back with us. We drove down to Elgol. Again what scenery. Here is Blaven showing. I went up it with my two brothers Bill and Roddy and my cousin Martin many years ago. It was Roddy’s last Munro.

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I think these are called the Red Hills.

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Elgol has changed since we were last here. It used to be quaint old houses – these have been renovated and a new village hall built. But the Cuillins are still stunning. Elgol is Anne’s favourite place.

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Anne got a couple of post cards. We came back to Broadford to the chip shop. It took ages for the food to be ready. I asked for a bacon roll and chips and was told not possible though bacon rolls were advertised as were portions of chips. I had chicken nuggets and chips, Anne had lasagne.

After that we came to Isleornsay to our B & B. It is fantastic. A new build that looks old. We have been given the en-suite room for the price of the ordinary one. A big double bed, chairs, telly, coffee making facilities. Chalk and cheese. Here is their website – Barabhaig

So we are in for the evening so I’m catching up with my webpage. Been a great day.