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Family Tour 2018 Day 11-12 - Day 11

Category: Caravanning
07 Mar 2019
Written by Andy Hits: 8083

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Day 11: 02/10/2018, Skye (84 miles)

The morning after the windy night before was a complete contrast.  It was sunny and bright, and we were quite happy to begin our exploration of waterfalls of sky.  The first ones we went to were a short distance from the camp site, but as we were continuing on to other ones, we did drive and park up near by.  A short walk from there took us to the Rha Falls:

The weather over night appeared to have supplied them with a good amount of water.

Back at the car, we then planned our route to get to the next set of falls, at Loch Mealt, and falling over a cliff into the sea.  We picked the (not much) smaller road via Sartle, rather than going right the way to the top of Skye.  And what a view of the Quiraing we got as we went along our way.  We stopped in the car park to take some quick pictures of the landscape, and will have to come back and walk it properly another time:

It feels a bit hard to believe that it is real, and not just an artists epic landscape!

We continued to Kilt Rock by Loch Mealt.  I must confess I was a little disappointed, as the viewing point has limited angles on the waterfall, and I couldn't see any easy access to get down the cliff to view it from the beach. That said, it was pretty close to high tide, so that wouldn't have been the best of plans anyway!

We continued on to Lealt, where there was a pair of waterfalls and a nice viewing area:

A short drive along and we were at the Brides Veil Waterfall, said to resemble a brides veil on their wedding day:

All of these waterfalls were were right beside the road, and easy to stop at.  After all these little stops, we went into Portree to find some lunch:

We then continued on for our last few waterfalls, Eas Mor and the Fairy Pools.  Both of which required a bit of walking to get to.  The scenery was fantastic as we drove down toward Glenbrittle:

The camera doesn't do it justice, but the mountains really felt like they filled the entire field of view looking ahead:

At Eas Mor, having taken our longest walk of the day (but still relatively short) we paused for a family photo, with a helpfully placed rock being a substitute for the tripod I'd not brought with me:

Then we back tracked to the Fairy Pools, and enjoyed the play of sunlight on the hills, as it approached sunset:

There were so many little water falls and pools:

And the main pool, which appears on postcards and alike:

The sun was sinking in front of us as we returned to the car:

Unfortunately, at the last stream crossing, while trying to encourage our dogs via the stepping stones or water, one of the stepping stones was loose and Hannah ended up loosing her footing and falling toward the river with our baby strapped to her in the sling.  The cry of "Oh S...." from others just about to cross was remarkable!  But with the sling, the only real casualty was a camera, with Hannah having her hands free to steady her fall, and I was a step away and able to stand in the stream to help her stand back up and make sure our little girl was ok.  We hot footed it back to the car, with me taking over baby carrying duties, as unsurprisingly Hannah was wet, cold and sore.

We got our tea in Portree in a fish and chip restaurant, before heading back to camp for the night with filled bellies and fuel tank

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