Friday, May 09, 2014

Ballachulish and the Isle of Skye


So, Ballachulish (pronounced "balla-hu-lish) is actually far less famous than up-the-road Glencoe, but isn't it more fun to say?

Glencoe is famous for a massacre that occurred in 1692 - but also for the beautiful hills that surround it. We took an incredibly beautiful hike there, and wandered around an old slate quarry for quite a while.

Our Bed & Breakfast was run by John, who is pretty much just toying with the idea of setting up a B&B, so it doesn't even have a name yet. He made awesome food, had neat stories of his time in Australia, and also had cool themed art throughout the house. Our room overlooked the water so we were sad we were only staying a night before moving onto...

the Isle of Skye!

Wow. We were told that if we could catch the weather right, we would have the best views in Scotland at Isle of Skye. It's hard to compare awesome against awesome, but it really was incredible. We stayed at a sweet B&B called Almond Bank and Essie, the proprietor has lived on the Isle of Skye her whole life. We had to make sure we were there before she left for her Scottish folk dance class. We ended up spending a lot of time on the Waternish peninsula, and later went left for a beautiful walk near Dunvegan. Waternish had views, a place called SkyeSkins (where they process sheep skins!), and a yarn shop that dyes all of their yarn, much of it with plants harvested right there.

There are a ton of beautiful photos from our time in these two places: check 'em out here.

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