Y'all, I have been so excited to write about this day! The Isle of Skye was one of the rainiest but most exciting & spontaneous days we had during our time in Scotland. It was also one of the days I was most excited for and I'll tell ya, it did not disappoint.
When I say that we had bad weather on Skye, I mean it was bad. It was the only constant rain we had on our trip and starting out I was pretty disappointed. But once we got moving I got over my disenchantment and took on the day. It ended up being the day that came with the most stories (Michael slid twenty feet down a muddy hill - if you know me you know that I found this extremely funny) and some of the best memories.
We started the day off with breakfast at our awesome Airbnb in Broadford (check out Anne's listing in Broadford if you're ever in need of a rental in Skye, they're more than great hosts) and headed out to our first destination: the fairy pools. It's quite a trek around the island and the roads are single lane but we didn't let this slow us down. We cruised through the rain and made it fairly easily to the fairy pools. The pools are legendary on Pinterest and were high on my list to visit. Again, they didn't let me down. It's a pretty long hike to the end of the pools' trail but well worth it. Definitely don't stop - walk as far as ya can.
We hiked almost to the end and, honestly, I didn't want to leave. A couple of tips I have for hiking the pools are 1, to arrive early to find a good parking spot, and 2, to wear good hiking shoes. I slid quite a bit in the shoes that I wore and would have had a much easier time hiking if I had boots that were meant for hiking.
The pools themselves are gorgeous. They are a essentially a winding river surrounded by rocks & mountains & olive green grass, and are simply breathtaking. Words and photos can't really describe the beauty of the pools and the region itself. I wish we had more time to explore further.
The other main thing that we did while on the Isle of Skye was visit Faerie Glen. Faerie Glen is so magical - just as magical as the fairy pools. Rolling green hills and mysterious stone mosaics surrounded by ponds & winding trails make up the glen. We didn't spend as much time here as we had originally wanted simply because of the weather and I was afraid we would slide to the bottom of the hills we were hiking. So narrow were the paths that lined the top of the knobs, we had to walk single file and hold out our arms for balance. It was an interesting experience, but definitely worth doing.
This is where Michael slid down the hill. I won't elaborate too much on this (due to my desire to still have a boyfriend after this is on the world wide web) but as we were walking back to our car on the slick grass Michael took a tumble down the hill and slid on his back about twenty feet... not once, but twice. I was laughing so hard that I cried and it ended up being the running joke for the rest of our trip.
The rest of the time we were on Skye, we simply drove the winding roads taking in the sights and stopping at places we thought were interesting or unique. We pulled over innumerable times to take pictures or make friends with the sheep (who were abundant on Skye, and I found them just adorable!). The landscape of the island is so unique, untouched, and rugged, that we couldn't sit still - we had to keep moving and making pit stops as we went. We also stopped to eat at the Red Roof Cafe, a spontaneous stop, and had lunch with such a great English couple on Skye for holiday. We were so out of our comfort zone when the host asked us to sit with another couple because the tables were full, but it ended up being such a cool experience. We talked music & traveling the US and ate lentil soup; this quaint experience ended up being one of the highlights of our trip. Go spontaneity, and go Isle of Skye!
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