Friday, June 4, 2010

Isle of Skye trip

We had a brilliant time in Skye. The weather was pretty awful the first couple of days (we stayed in our tent for almost the whole of the first full day due to persistent rain), though it did improve much later on (I've even got a nice tan now - many thought we went to some old people's resort in Spain instead). We did one walk - a 15 miler from our campsite in Sligachan to Sgurr Na Stri, where we witnessed, what we think anyway, is the most brilliant view in the British Isles. The sky was clearing, allowing us to appreciate the majectic wonders of the Black Cuillin ridge.

The rest of the time was devoted to exploring the island (we did walk about 5 miles around the Storr, though not to the summit).

Also would like to take the opportunity to say thanks to Gus of Highland Experience Tours for giving us a lift from Kilt Rock to Portree when it became clear that our bus was late. Also a quick hi to Dirk Werges, whom we had a long chat (about camping, walking, cycling and German ales) in the laundry room of Sligachan campsite. Dirk is from Germany and is touring the whole of Scotland for three months on a bicycle. Good luck and enjoy!

Finally, a big thank you to Nationa Rail/London Underground for suggesting us to take the St. Albans to St. Pancras International First Capital Connect railway service, get off at Kentish Town and taking the Tube to London Euston. Thank you for wasting our time and causing us to panic slightly as we found out that the Kentish Town Tube station was closed and would only open at 5:30pm, 9 minutes before our train service to Glasgow departs. We had to pay extra to take the bus (despite having valid Tube tickets) because we didn't want to be late.

What a moronic way to start a trip. Fortunately no such stupidity with Virgin Trains and the Citylink coach we took from Glasgow to Sligachan, Skye.

Pictures available here.

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