Isle of Skye – Day 16

This morning we left Inverness for the Isle of Skye.  For this we were asked if we would be interested in doing part of the trip by train.  Of course, we said yes.  Our driver Paul, dropped us off at the Inverness train station and we headed to Kyle of Lochalsh.  Here are some of the images from our train.  Bear with me, the windows were dirty and it rained on us.
Not our train – but it was cute.

I could not pass this sign.  It was one of the stops on this route.

We were now seeing the sea.
And the Isle of Skye in the distance.

Our train and if you look close through the window you can see the Bridge to the Isle of Skye.

We now joined Paul, our coach driver, who drove up here by himself (probably was a much quieter trip for him) to go over the new bridge to Skye. Here are some views  from the coach.
We made a quick stop to a spot marked as the gateway to the Cuillins.

The Cuillin is a range of rocky mountains. The true Cuillin is also known as the Black Cuillin to distinguish it from the Red Cuillin across Glen Sligachan. The Red Cuillin hills are lower and, being less rocky, have fewer scrambles or climbs. The highest point of the Cuillin, and of the Isle of Skye, is Sgùrr Alasdair in the Black Cuillin at 3,255 ft. The Cuillin is one of 40 National Scenic Areas in Scotland.

We then continued our quick drive around the isle of Skye.  We didn’t have much time here and would need a couple of days to really see this isle.
Here is the most photographed castle in Scotland – Eilean Donan Castle is one of the most recognized castles in Scotland, and probably appears on more shortbread tins and calendars than any other.  Of course it was rainy and clouds were not cooperating at all.

A ship out of water.

And what trip would not include Loch Ness.  Of course, we drove by it, but we should stop here on Saturday on our way to Glasglow.

and one last castle set down the hill – 
It was back to our hotel for dinner.  This was a long day, and not having to look for a restaurant for dinner was a good thing.  One more day in Inverness and then it is on to Glasglow to prepare to head home.

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