Home from the Isle of Skye

Woke up on the Sunday morning to a beautiful clear, almost still, day. Daisy had forgotten to put her alarm on so, when we were due to go in to breakfast, she was still in her pit. Nothing new there, really, but a bit of a rush for the poor kid. Decided to drive around via Dervaig before heading off the island and back south to Argyll and stopped to view the well-preserved pictish broch at Dunbeg en route. The stonework of the external walls is superb. Thought to be designed as short-term defensive positions against sea-borne raiders taking slaves, the brochs have double walls which provide storage and stairways to the upper walls, which would have been a few metres higher than remain on this example. Photos for illustrative purposes:

Dunbeg Broch, Isle of Skye Posted by Picasa

Dunbeg Broch, Isle of Skye Posted by Picasa
The route back across Skye took us around the north of the range of mountains called The Cuillin, which is one of the most spectacular ridges in the whole of Scotland and includes a number of Munros (mountains above 3000′ or 914m), so I shall have to return to walk and climb them.

The Cuillin on the Isle of Skye Posted by Picasa
We also stopped off at Loch Ness just so Daisy could say she’d been there and then on down the Great Glen to Fort Bill. It was snowing on the tops of the mountains above about 600m, so winter is definitely on its way.

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