Scotland: Endlessly Beautiful Island of Skye – VIDEO
If I could only return to Scotland in one place, it would be either a remote and deserted mountainous island of Harriss, or justified by Skye. And the more I think about it, the more Skye wins.
On a small area, Skye offers, except forests, everything people go to Scotland. Beautiful mountains and dramatic natural scenery, waterfalls, cliffs, heaths, incredibly green meadows, whiskey distilleries, fish-bars, beautiful sandy beaches, lakes, the ocean and sports. In the morning I got up again in heavy rain and in truth I did not want the bike at all. In the end, I didn't regret that I was off. From the town of Kyleakin at the bridge to the mainland, with a breakfast stop in Portree, I headed straight to my biggest destination of the day - The Quiraing.
I parked my motorbike in the muddy parking lot and set off under the ridge in the rain. With every step I took liters of water into my shoes, flowing everywhere. But at the moment I didn't mind. The majestic beauty of the place is difficult to describe. The grass, thanks to the enormous humidity and demanding conditions, has perhaps the greenest color you can ever imagine. From the rocks of The Quiraing, which are completely obscured by heavy gray clouds at any moment, many streams run down and fall sharply, and the line of the rugged coastline looms in the distance.
Suddenly, a strong wind rises and gradually blows heavy clouds. I have already left the summit path, descended below the rocks and I do not want to go back up. Still, I have a wonderful spectacle. The whole landscape is gradually lit by the midday sun and alternates with gray clouds. The rays sometimes fall on The Quiraing and I am sorry that in such a strong wind there is no point in trying to take off with a drone.
While the wind tried to throw me off the bike at the moment, but fortunately I was safely arrived at another place that would be a sin omitted. The Mealt Falls from a high rocky cliff straight into the ocean, and I didn't mind having to stand in front of them because of the blocked and partially flooded parking lot.
The Lealt Falls are just a short drive further south. After a heavy rain they were all the more majestic. What they lacked in height was caught up by the power and the roar of a huge stream of water.
I'd like to stay on Skye for a long time, but unfortunately I was pushed by time, so I set out on the last part of my trip to Scotland, which you can read in the last episode of the series.
In connection with Scotland, everyone will surely recall the fierce people fighting for independence throughout the history of this wild country, be it the Norman and Viking raiders, or the English and Irish usurpers. For the first time, however, the Romans attempted to penetrate the area at that time inhabited by the wild tribes of the Picts and the quieter Britons under the command of Agricola. However, they soon found that the land was not profitable enough for the long-term stay of the soldiers, so they decided to leave the north of Great Britain again and leave the newly built roads, fortresses and ramparts lying fallow.
The Hogwarts School of Magic is located somewhere in the Highlands, so it's no wonder the landscape is literally interwoven with references to Harry Potter books. J. K. Rowling, who wrote the books, was inspired mainly in the streets of Edinburgh, where she lived at that time. On every corner you can find some unobtrusive reminder from the books, be it street names that look strangely reminiscent of the names of the key characters, or the places where the books themselves were written.
Are you fascinated by Scottish castles? Against the dark sky, walls with gothic windows over the centuries lashed with rain and overgrown with rich green grass provoke our imagination longing to know at least a small piece of their stories. Castles and ruins of churches, monasteries and medieval buildings built from the local dark stone are a typical decoration of the beautiful and dramatic Scottish landscape.
In the morning, we set out to beautiful Highlands situated in the northwest. On our way, we pass snow-caped mountains veiled in morning mist. This tempts us to stop and take a beautiful picture. This time we are heading to a place to what we are looking forward the most to – Skye island. A road bloc complicates our travels. It absolutely confuses our GPS which frighten us a bit. We are running of fuel while gaining kilometers and there are not many gas stations around. Eventually, everything works out well and we continue in our journey.
The mountains in the north-west of Scotland rarely exceed 800 meters and roads usually run along rivers or coasts. Therefore, I would not expect here to be as beautiful and high as Applecross pass. Let's go to there!
Autumn is an unusual time of the year to travel. For a long time, we were thinking if to even set out despite less dayilight time, winter, often rains yet Scotland captured us with its beauty and we would eventually buy our flight tickets. There is a regular connection between Prague and Edinburgh. Glasgow is about an hour of car ride from Edinburgh. Yet first we would travel bit further to the west and make a trek in the Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park.
Early in the morning we set out to explore the beautiful Scotish island of Skye. Today, we are about to expect the rain whole day. We are disappointed by that because the place is beautiful. However, as rains are quite common around here it is nothing easy to plan your trip accordingly.
When I first went out into the world at 18, it was Scotland. I still remember the moon in it, when I almost traced it all to this day. For 7 years I wanted to go back and finally it was time. I got on a motorbike in Prague and set off for about 2000 kilometers long way to the northwest.
It is time to leave the landscape of lakes, mountains, and long valleys in the center of Scotland and head through the inhospitable wasteland to the north to Thurso in sight of the Orkney islands. Instead of the highway A9, leading along the coast, I also chose deserted roads through endless moors and wetlands.
In the long valley between Fort William and Pitlochry in the middle of Scotland lies a large heath and in the middle of it one of the most deserted train stations. Surrounded only by lakes and heathland, you can still have tea inside it.
Upon our walk around Loch an Eilein lake, we return to have quick lunch in Aviemore village. Then we set out back to snow covered Scotish nature. This time we walk through a 5 kilometer trail in Ellan Wood, close to Carrbridge village which itself is situated about 20 minutes of car ride from Aviemore.
Near the famous Lake Ness, there lies at the mouth of the river of the same name into the sea and the ancient city of Inverness. Today it serves as a natural center for the entire Highlands of Scotland. But the city itself is worth a stop and a little exploration.
Our Slovenian adventure full of knowledge continues. After visiting the Kranjska Gora, which is surrounded by breathtaking mountain scenery, we move on to another natural gem - the Vintgar Gorge (Blejski Vintgar, Vintgar Sotesque).
After a whole day in the wetlands in the north of Scotland, I headed west along the coast to get back to the mountains. They are much lower than those in the center of the country, but it does not detract from their beauty. Because of the harsh climates, heather and grass are often not kept on them, often leaving only majestic gray rocks.