19th September, 2016 – Glasgow to Zürich via Edinburgh

Although only an hour away, Glasgow gives a completely different experience to Edinburgh – lots of cool bars and lots of good art although definitely a little more rough around the edges!

With just a few hours to have a look around before needing to head towards the flight, we used the opportunity of a sunny morning to do a walking tour of some of the city’s street murals, and do some window-shopping before jumping in a taxi to the Kelvingrove museum, which was the top pick on tripadvisor and brilliant.

As things always do though, time goes by and home time approaches… After a few (ok 7) hours of walk, bus, plane, and tram, we found ourselves back at Weinbergstrasse, and home sweet home (well, at least for the next 8 nights!)

18th September, 2016 – Isle of Skye to Glasgow via Fort William

 A travel day today, so unfortunately no photos. Drove from Isle of Skye to Fort William where we dropped off our hire car and caught the bus to Glasgow. Was a very easy 3 hour ride and was nice to have someone else do the driving. 
Arrived into Glasgow early evening, checked into the hotel and enthusiastically searched for a pizza place for dinner- after weeks of pub food we were craving Italian food! 

17th September, 2016 – Isle of Skye

Last day on Skye today before beginning the journey towards home. After breakfast, we had booked ourselves in for a tour of Talisker Distillery (currently the only working distillery on Skye) – this one much bigger and more commercial being part of the Diagio group vs the very open relaxed Tomatin and the picturesque Glengoyne earlier in the trip, and the whisky a bit more full-on with peat smoke.Second stop was 30 mins down the road at the Dunvegan Castle, again one of the castles of Clan. Alas no photos allowed at either of these stops.

We’re starting to feel a little weary after the busy three weeks, so enjoyed the last couple of hours of the afternoon with our books before dinner and an early night.

Seafood lunch stop- all fresh from Isle of Skye

16th September, 2016 – Isle of Skye 

After 3 weeks of changing hotels almost every night, we are quite enjoying being in the same place for a few nights. A lazy day today at the hotel catching up on our books.
Since arriving here, we’ve discovered that Skye is very large, so headed off early for dinner at a famous restaurant named The Three Chimneys, about 90 minutes drive away, taking our time and enjoying the views and with a few stops along the way.

Our accommodation- Kinloch Lodge

15th September, 2016 – North Coast 500 drive – Badachro to Isle of Skye

Lovely B&B last night, with a big conservatory for the breakfast table, a little guest lounge, and some nice other guests (from Germany – Scottish tourism seems to be strongly lead by American groups and Germans, with few other nationalities, even Australians, to be found…), and we could have quite enjoyed another nights stay here.
After a lovely breakfast with eggs from the resident chickens, we had a walk along a nearby red-sand beach recommended by the owner, then started our day’s drive to the isle of Skye – our home for the next three nights. We took the scenic route around the coast to a little village called Applecross, with an either scary or exciting rather foggy adventure on the drive back, with only a few meters visibility, and hazard lights on… Thankfully it did clear though for the last part of our drive. Enjoyed another highland cow sighting (thanks James, thankfully we also escaped this one without goring)

Arrived into our country lodge in time for a relax and very nice dinner in the dining room here.

Badachro, close to our B&B for the eve
Nearby beach at Red Point
On the road out to Applewood
10/10 Venison burger for lunch with beetroot and horseradish at the Torridon Inn

14th September, 2016 – North Coast 500 drive – Rhiconich to Badachro.

 Today wasn’t long in distance but somehow took the entire day…the roads are windy ‘single tracks’ – two way but just wide enough for one car, then passing places every few hundred meters.
We did have a few nice places though – a morning tea break at Flossie’s beach shack in Inverlochen with a walk on the beach there and a croft with highland cows. Love the highland cows! Beautiful and they seem so placid and quite relaxed, although we kept our distance with several calves in the group. And a little further on, a ruined castle which seemed popular, but our walk ended quite quickly when the rain arrived!

The last and lunch stop was in the fishing town of Ullapool, where we also acquired a ‘spurtle’ – a special stick for porridge stirring – we are intrigued to see what difference it makes when we get home!

13th September, 2016 – North Coast 500 drive – Thurso to Rhiconich 

Continued our way along the coast today, with the scenery becoming more dramatic, and the roads becoming thinner, as we progressed westward. Stopped in at Bettyhill for a Mac and cheese lunch at a little cafe attached to the tourist information office. (This completes the list of ubiquitous Scottish menu items tried – Burgers, Sticky Toffee Pudding, Fish and Chips, Scottish Breakfast, Kippers, Porridge and today Mac and Cheese all ticked off 😊 Good thing we did all that walking!)
Next door to the cafe was the Strathnaver museum, where we spent an hour or so, learning about a darker side of local history, where in the 18th century the land owners (they of yesterday’s castle) decided it was more profitable to have sheep on their land than people, so evicted and then torched the villages.

With the last minute change of holiday plans, we struggled a bit for accommodation along the drive, and tonight was the first questionable hotel of the trip – well indented bed, and much visible polyfilla that didn’t look like work in progress…. The view was lovely though, and we slept well nonetheless.


Useful knowledge for future trivia nights