Today was a disaster so I won’t even bother writing too much about it as we planned Ben Nevis, the largest mountain in the UK and we were super excited, but the rain and wind stopped us from completing the hike. It also stopped us from doing pretty much anything outdoors, so we opted for bowling and eating. All.day.long. DISASTER. To be honest, we wouldn’t recommend Fort William as a destination. The town itself is run down, apart from hiking Ben Nevis the area lacks charm and things to do, so we would recommend looking into one of the more picturesque smaller towns nearby.
Hopefully, moving forward we prayed this would not be a taster of what is to come but with positive thoughts we checked into our Air B n B and watched a marathon of Friends. This was the weather at Ben Nevis so you can at least see what we could have done:
Waking up this morning, we knew today had to be better than yesterday so after a lovely breakfast in our Air B n B (which was actually excellent and we would highly recommend), we hopped in the car and started our journey to the Isle of Skye. This has been on our Bucket list for years as Leo had never been and I haven’t for 27 years, so as I remembered nada and it seems to be the new place to visit, we made it the integral part of this trip. From reading blogs, looking on Instagram and seeing so many beautiful and awesome locations on the island, we couldn’t wait to get there and experience it for ourselves.
Our first planned stop was Castle Eilean Donan, but after about 1 hour drive we pulled over at Loch Garry as the loch was so calm, it made a perfect mirror lake and the most opportune photo stop. We have mirror lakes in New Zealand, but here to see the intense greenery reflecting off this atmospheric loch was incredibly inspiring.
After far too many photos and the start of the rain, we were off to Eilean Donan. Eilean Donan itself is a small tidal island where three sea lochs meet, Loch Duich, Loch Long and Loch Alsh. From there this picturesque castle which frequently appears in the movies dominates the island, which lies about 1 kilometer from the village of Dornie.
I have to admit, over the whole 6 days this was by far our favourite castle. As much as we didn’t pay the entry fee (which at $24NZD pp we felt unnecessary) we were able to take some incredible shots from the shore. It’s a perfect spot to stop, use the bathrooms if needed and grab a snack/ stretch your legs so 100% add this to your itinerary. Today so far was excellent and we can't wait to get to Skye!
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Hey! I'm Ally. I left the UK in 2011 to move overseas and ended up in New Zealand - my new home. This year we are taking a gap year to loop the world stopping in some AMAZING destinations - and I'm passionate about sharing these adventures with you!