This part of our trip was the beginning of a great love affair.
There are places in the world that seem to touch your soul.
The Isle of Skye was such a place for me.
And even though it was overcast and rainy, and quite cool the day we arrived…
and stayed that way almost our entire time on the island…
it ended up being my most favorite place of all.
There are a number of places to stay on the Isle, but we chose Portree for its picturesque harbor, and the thought that it would probably have a little more going on in the way of restaurants and such.
The harbor did not disappoint,
but the size of the town did surprise us a little. I think we expected to find a small town, but instead were met with a main street bordered by a few side streets that made up the entire town.
It was fine though. We didn’t come to the Isle to worry about great shopping. Our top priority was taking in the awe-inspring scenery (and man was it awe-inspiring!).
We were a little late on getting accommodations booked for this whole trip, so we only managed to find an Airbnb rental for Aberdeenshire. As a matter of fact, by the time we booked in Portree nearly all of the hotels were booked full, so we all ended up in separate hotels. Will and I stayed in the Tongadale Hotel – an older, yet lively little joint that served us perfectly. Every afternoon the small bar downstairs would fill with regulars and the occasional backpacker. It also just so happened to be on the main street of town.
As you can guess there are a number of seafood restaurants. There were also a few art galleries and stores, gift shops, and some stores catered to a specific craft made from locally sourced goods like wool.
Katrina and April were having to leave the next morning, their trip cut a little short due to work obligations, so we had an early dinner together and said our goodbyes since their hotel was a little farther out in a town called Uig.
After the long drive we were all happy to call it an early night. The next day held the joys of driving a loop around the island and we couldn’t wait.