Friday, 9th June, 2023

Once again, this morning, we made our own breakfast in our accommodation.

We then packed up and headed to Armadale Castle, with brief stopovers at Portree and Broadford.

Uig Tower was built in 1860 as a folly. Later it was a family home. It was abandoned in the 1950s.

Once again, spectacular views presented themselves around almost ever corner.

One of the several ferries which take people and vehicles between the nearby islands.

A view just before Armadale

The Stables have been renovated and extended to accommodate the café, where we had lunch.

 Armadale Castle is just a shell. All of the buildings are unstable so there is no access to the inside.

Views from the castle gardens


The rear of the castle

An enormous Silver Birch tree (and Satoshi)

An 18ft Larch Skiff, built c.1897 by Thomas Orr of Greenock for the MacDonalds of Redcliff in Portree, Isle of Skye.
This family was greatly involved in the Skye Games and used the boat for racing in the game's regatta.

On leaving the castle, we made our way to Armadale Pier where we embarked on the ferry to get to Mallaig (back to the mainland). The stretch of water we crossed is "The Sound of Sleat". Happily, it was very calm and I didn't feel sick at all. There were 360° views all the way across.

Boats in the harbour at Armadale

The cars were packed in quite tightly. The movement of the boat caused the car alarms of several of them (including ours) to go off! We were lucky enough to see a dolphin during our trip but I was not fast enough to get a photo.

It was interesting to watch the machinery working as we approached the pier at Mallaig.

The view from our accommodation

Our dinner, which we ate on seats at the harbour...

...and shared with a local (a European Herring Gull)...

...who was so tame that he would eat from my hand!

My attempts at "artistic" photos of boats in the Mallaig Harbour

Then it was back to our accommodation and an early night. We are still getting used to the idea that is is still light at 10:30pm. It messes with one's internal "clock".

< Back   Forward >

Back to Calendar