The Isle of Skye
Arriving in Skye was great, only 25 minutes from Eilean Donan will take you to the bridge and for ease of access and budget this was our method to get to the island. You can take the ferry which would have been great but with time restrictions, weather and cost we opted for the cheapest. I was dying to try some fresh seafood so we googled the best places to eat and ‘The Oyster shed’ seemed to fit the bill, so after a 40 minute drive from the bridge we arrived, hungry and ready to fill our tummies! We were not disappointed, it’s bloody brilliant! We paid $20nzd each which is pretty expensive when on a budget but with that got scallops, hot smoked salmon and chippy chips which on a cold day was the best way to spend lunchtime.
We then headed to the fairy pools, which are famous pools which apparently entice visitors from all over the world, as they make some great ‘Wild Swimming’ for those brave enough to enter the cold water. If you didn’t want to freeze to death then these magical Fairy Pools make some fantastic photos – however, upon arrival at the carpark we were advised that the whole area was flooded and visibility was incredibly poor. Yes, we sacked this off the itinerary and moved on.
From there, we made our way South to check out Castle Armadale located at the far Southern tip of the island. I was looking forward to seeing the castle but it was neary $20NZD to enter and we were both exhausted, so after a quick toilet stop we opted for driving the coast leisurely to get to our accommodation for the night.
We were staying in Glasnakille – yes, where? We didn’t know either but turns out it’s bloody miles away from everything. 17miles down a one-way track to be precise on the middle southern peninsula. The drive there was rugged, rough and well worth it, we loved the wildlife, sweeping mountains and greenery surrounding this small, windy, dangerous as fuck road we were on.
The house was called Tigh mo Chridhe and as much as we drove so far to get here, it was 100% worth it. Like amazing. Located on the coast in a town with probably only a handful of people we checked in to our little Air B n B which was expensive but the remoteness of the property along with it’s beautiful charm made it worthwhile. A note for all those traveling to Skye, it’s bloody expensive, touristy and it busy all the time, so when we booked this only 2 weeks ago, we actually didn’t have too much choice in the accomo front.
After a long day, it was the best feeling to be cosy and warm in a nice place after having a wonderful day.
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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!