June 2019 :We arrived in Inverness by the evening flight, just in time to enjoy a leisurely stroll as twilight descended over the town, casting a magical purple hue over the River Ness.
A good night’s rest in our cozy Waverley Guesthouse Bed and Breakfast was much needed before we set of on a busy tour the next morning.
We had booked a day tour with Timberbush tours and as we set forth, Ryan, our driver and guide regaled us with mysterious stories of the elusive Nessie (Loch Ness monster) as we drove along the vast expanse of the beautiful Loch Ness. Summertime flowers abloom along the shore made it a pretty sight.
The next stop on the tour was Invermoriston, a sleepy yet picturesque hamlet with the old bridge that crosses the spectacular River Moriston falls. We had some time to meander down to the water and walk around to admire the pretty country cottages.
Soon we were at the much awaited Eilean Donan castle. Scotland is all about its glens, and lochs and castles and this one on a small island where three lochs meet is definitely the most alluring of all. The courteous staff dressed in traditional Kilts guided us through the majestic interiors of the castle and each room has a tale to tell of its own.
The sky turned grey and gloomy as we set forth on the rest of the tour. Alas! I couldn’t get any more good pictures and it would be sacrilege to write a blog without them. But here is Ryan to my rescue, loaning me some of his breathtaking photographs of the region captured on his previous tours.If you travel with him I’m sure you will agree he’s a great storyteller in both words and pictures.
The Quiraing is considered to be undoubtedly one of the most spectacular landscapes in Scotland.Nature’s exquisite composition of towering cliffs, impressive plateaus and pinnacles of rock.We couldn’t stop gazing in rapture at the reddish brown landscape surrounding us.
The road creeps higher into the hills and onwards to Sligachan, Old Man of Storr and Kilt Rock for photostops. Our guide Ryan had a sea of stories and it made the journey so enjoyable and a great laugh. It is in nature that the sublime truly lives!
At Lealt falls we got off the bus to take a short and easy walk to the viewpoint where you can look down to see the Lealt waterfall plummeting down the deep gorge. The skies were turning blue again and we could admire the views of the stunning coast and the sea.
In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks. “— John Muir
Back to Portree for that perfect evening cup of tea and views of the loch beyond that were just too good to be true.
We had stopped by earlier in Portree for lunch and chose to end our tour here by evening to discover a bit more about this quaint town.Truly a place that inspires every imagination is Portree, the main town of isle of Skye. Nestled in the hills, it has a natural harbour, busy with fishing boats, craft stores and sightseeing cruises. Plenty of eating options at the harbour serving delicious local food, particularly fresh sea food.
Adventure isn’t complete until you have reached the soaring heights of an eagle! A boat cruise out of Portree Harbour will get you up and close to the largest and rarest bird of prey in the UK, the White-tailed eagle. You may be lucky to sight other aquatic and birdlife too if you cruise further into Portree Bay and the Raasay sound.
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P.S. I was in raptures when I saw all these sights filmed in the movie starring my favourite Patrick Dempsey (McDreamy from Grey’s Anatomy)”Made of Honor”