Isle of Skye workshop 2015

Isle of Skye workshop 2015.



We left Newcastle at around 9:30am and headed up the A1, we went via the Edinburgh bypass and across through the Trossachs towards the highlands. There was some great views along the way but the plan was always to get to Glencoe and Rannoch moor in the afternoon and take it from there. No point in rushing to Skye as it would be dark long before we got there. We arrived at Rannoch Moor at around 2pm and immediately it was evident that we were in for a treat. There was a lot of low lying snow and the air was freezing. Jim immediately dropped his glove into a freezing cold puddle as soon as he got out of the car, leaving him with one soaking wet hand and one dry one! We spent around 45 minutes or so on Rannoch Moor then headed down towards the mighty Buachaille Etive Mor and Glen Etive for sunset. Unfortunately by that time the weather had rolled in and it was pretty miserable. We tried to make the most of it but there wasn’t really much chance of anything decent so we decided to cut our losses and head up to Skye, not before Jake decided to slip over and have a lie down in the wet boggy ground, Bob fell and bashed his camera off the floor too! We stopped in Fort William for a quick refuel and then headed off. We drove for around an hour before the Tomtom informed us it had brought us the “quick” way which went via the ferry at Mallaig. Unfortunately for us, by the time we got there the ferry had stopped for the day leaving us with no choice but to drive 50 miles back to Fort William. On the way back to Fort William we got caught up in a freak thunder and lightning storm with some pretty heavy rain, before we realised it was lightning I thought I’d been flashed by a rogue speed camera. Even though I wasn’t speeding I was convinced, thankfully it was just mental weather! We got back to Fort William, refulled (again) and set off for Skye. We arrived on Skye at around 8:45pm and headed straight for the chippy at Broadford, we’d been looking forward to it all day. Unfortunately because of the TomTom “incident” which I was to be mocked for the rest of the trip, the chippy was closed by the time we got there! We made do with our Sandwiches and other rubbish we’d bought for the trip up. We got to the cottage around 9.00pm and thankfully the log burner was already on and the kettle was boiled. We had a laugh about the trip up and settled in for the night.

Rannoch Moor

Rannoch MoorStrike a pose Jim!

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Dave the mountain goat on Rannoch Moor

glencoelochan-3665Allt Dearg Cottage – Our home for the week

Allt Dearg Cottage

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