Honeymooning in Scotland--Day 6
I was really excited to start this day out. It was going to be all about exploring and hiking. Disclaimer: Garrett and I took charge of planning different parts of the trip. Today was one of the days I had planned. I may have overestimated my abilities. You'll find out what I mean in a bit. Our first stop of the morning was Fairy Glenn.
We weren't sure if we were in the right place at first. It was also a bit sketchy considering it was a one lane road. By one lane road, I mean that it is a two-way but there's only room for one car so you have to pull over onto special passes. We'd get really used to these type of the roads as our adventures in Skye continued.
Needless to say, we ended up in the right place and it was truly magical. You could really imagine fairies in the glen.
After a quick jaunt, we headed to Quiraing. Wow! The scenery was gorgeous!
We were amazed at the amount of traffic. You have to park on the side of a single car road. There aren't large parking lots or car parks as they are called, so the side of the road it is. We would learn that sometimes that mean parking on the edge of a cliff or half a mile from your destination, and that's not in peak tourist season.
The Quiraing was a wonderful hike. While we didn't go to the very end, we hiked for over an hour on a trail that was just cut into the cliff.
Garrett teased me a lot because I would often get distracted by all the sheep that were able to just graze anywhere it seemed. They often shared our path.
We made the quick stop to Kilt Rock and the falls before eating burgers at a cafe.
The next point of interest was Brother's Point, also called Rubha nam Brathairean. We almost skipped this stop, but I had read on the Earth Trekkers blog that it was worth it and not as touristy. They were right! There was a small car park just past the Glenview Hotel. We had to cross the street and walk down the road just a bit to get to the trail head. We went down what looks like someone's driveway, entered two gates into a sheep pasture.
We certainly were doubting if we were in the right place, but noticed a few people down towards the bottom. We also saw signs directing our path.
We found ruins, lots of sheep, barnacles, and the most gorgeous of views. What's better is it is secluded and not crowded. The hike is not too strenuous either. From here, you can also see Kilt Rock in the distance. We didn't walk all the way down the point, but even still it would become my favorite place of the entire Scotland trip! I cannot recommend it enough!!
Our final stop was Oldman Storr. It was completely opposite experience than Brother's Point. I straight died. Don't believe me? Garrett documented:
The trail to Oldmann Storr is all uphill, no shade, and a long way. In fact, we didn't make it. I looked up at Garrett and said I can't. In my defense, my foot ankle was not happy, I had a slight cold, and poorly planned a long hike at the end of a full day of hiking. I absolutely hated to call it quits, but I know my limits. I think Garrett was a bit relieved too. Moral of the story, rethink planning all major hiking on one day. That was my bad. I also suggest bringing sunscreen. You wouldn't think that would be needed in Scotland, but we were blessed with warmer than normal weather and full sun.
After calling it quits, we went back to Portree to shop where I got some things for the boys. In my journal my exact words to end the day were, "we ate at Isles and called it early for bed. We wrote postcards and planned tomorrow. We are pretty dead."
And that is the end of day 6 on Scotland. It was my favorite, but also the most taxing physically.
In order to plan different parts of the trip, but still collaborate, we used the website Inspirock. It was fabulous. It not only allowed us a venue to plug in our plans and information, but also gave suggestions. This is a great tool for any trip anywhere!
Bring lots of water hiking.
Visit Fairy Glenn in the morning before crowds hit. It makes for a more intimate experience that adds to the magic.
Don't hold out for a parking spot in a parking lot. Just go ahead and park on the side of the road.
Kilt Rock was cool, but will only take you 10 minutes to see it. Plan for that as you travel.
Make the time for Brother's Point. You can also find dinosaur footprints.
Beauty lies everywhere. Even on the side of the road. Stop to see it.