It’s the final day of our Isle of Skye Tour. Of course, we could spend a month here and never see all the majestic beauty that is this Misty Isle. Leaving the Fairy Glen, we drive down into Uig. Look! It’s the Caledonian MacBrayne Ferry docking at the pier. Let’s make our way to the pier for a closer look.
Have a seat with me here on the steps. This is the very same pier Kathryn and Angus rode to on his motorcycle trying to catch Duncan as he sailed away. I checked the ferry schedule , and it seems we’d have to stay the night on the outer isles if we took the next ferry. out We’ve a ceilidh (dance) to get to in Portree, so sadly no ferry ride this trip. Our next time to Skye we will definitely plan an excursion to the outer isles!
As we drive north from Uig, we come to the Skye Museum of Island Life in Kilmuir. It’s a fascinating replica of thatched stone cottages and buildings. It was here that I drew a better vision of Mairi’s cottage from the 1700s.
Buried in the cemetery in Kilmuir, we find Flora MacDonald. Remember she was the young woman who helped Bonnie Prince Charlie escape by dressing him as a young woman. She’s quite a hero here on Skye. You should look up her story. A brave woman!
This is a familiar site in the countryside. Can you guess what it is? They’re harvesting peat to use for fuel. There’s nothing as sweet smelling as a cozy peat fire burning in the hearth.
Finally, we arrive at the beautiful port city of Portree, the King’s Port. We’ve made it just in time for the Isle of Skye Accordion and Fiddle Festival at The Royal Hotel. This hotel is famous for the number of important guests who’ve stayed here , Bonnie Prince Charlie and Flora MacDonald being among those guests.
Above is a short video of the festival contestants!
Are you all ready for a long evening of dancing! Let’s step inside City Hall and see what we find.
Oh good. The band is already playing! Grab a partner, and let’s join in the fun! Everyone here is so friendly. If you don’t know the dance someone will be happy to show you.
Skye Day Six dance video.
Wow! I don’t know about you, but I need a little fresh air. Let’s step outside.
If you’ve read THE STONE MANOR, you’ll recognize this as the very railing where Duncan told Kathryn his BIG secret. Shhh! Don’t say it out loud. It’s possible someone here hasn’t read the book yet. We don’t want to give it away now, do we.
What a night! It’s morning and people are just now leaving the dance! As we drive away toward our B & B look back and you’ll see the famous Old Man of Storr. He appears to be sleeping. Something we all are in much need of.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this very brief six day tour of my favorite island in the world! Isle of Skye is a land of otherworldly landscapes, historical marvels, and some of the loveliest people you’ll ever meet. Until next time!