Scotland Road Trip: Isle of Skye

Travel Diary
Day 5-7

Once we completed as much of the North Coast 500 route, we made our way to the Isle of Skye. One of the places we were looking most forward to on our trip.

We continued on our road trip around Scotland crossing the bridge from the mainland to the Isle of Skye.



We didn't have to travel far before finding another waterfall. The hills around us were hidden a little by the fog.



We had stocked up on food at the Spar before going on the Isle of Skye but it turned out to be unnecessary as there were big supermarkets and restaurants over there. I'm not sure what we were expecting but it's better to be prepared.

We headed to Dunvegan Castle but unfortunately it was the wrong time of year as the castle closes for business in October and there is a gate stopping people from entering the castle grounds.
We tried taking a picture over the castle gate.
No worries, we went to the Dunvegan hotel and got some hot drinks while deciding what to do. The lady in the little cafe said that you can hop a fence to get to the castle but she doesn't recommend doing that. She said otherwise we can drive further down the road and there is a view point to get a picture of the castle. 
We went past the fence which said no trespassing and watch out for Bull. We were feeling a bit tired to hop a fence and take our chances with this bull so went to the viewpoint. It was very foggy so it is hard to see the castle if you don't know where to look.
It's hard to see, but there is a castle on those rocks.

We got on the road again and made our way to one of the most unique places we've ever stayed, the Cowshed. It was located on a hill with a nice view of the bay. It was pretty windy up there. There were Cowsheds to stay in and also a hostel with dorms. You could either hang out in the Cowshed or hang out in the lounge area of the hostel. The hostel had a full kitchen, fireplace, tables, and couches.

We made some dinner and then headed down to the main building to use the WiFi and play some board games. We played Tetris Jenga briefly as it was too hard, then we switched to normal Jenga before playing a couple rounds of Settlers of Catan. Afterwards we had a good night's sleep. Luckily they had showers in the main building as well which made it easier for us all to get ready in the morning.
There were even cowsheds that included dog houses which was pretty cool for dog owners. The area around those specific cowsheds was fenced in for the dogs.


We hit the road early in the morning and happened upon the castle Eilean Donan which is a castle that is used in quite a few films such as Highlander and The World is Not Enough (James Bond 007). The castle used to be almost completely ruined but was rebuilt in the 20th century. It looks pretty authentic. We went to this castle back in 2011 so we took some photos from the outside rather than paying to go inside again.


We took a little detour to see Ben Nevis which is the highest mountain in the British Isles.



Continuing on our way we made a stop in a little village called Glencoe and had some tea and coffee.



We drove to Oban to get some food as the airbnb we were staying for the night was pretty far from anything. We stopped in Tesco and Aldi and picked up stuff for dinner.

We drove down the small winding road to the caravan we were sleeping in for the night. It was a big caravan with two bedrooms, a kitchen and a living room. We made some dinner and watch the movie Inception on the TV. There was a selection of DVDs in the caravan.

The caravan was pretty nice but it was a bit cold when you first wake up in the morning. The hosts advised us that the thing to do was to get out of bed, turn on all the heaters, light the fire and then get back in bed until the place is a good temperature. That's pretty much what we did.




We were starting to head in the direction of Glasgow but we had some stops we wanted to make on the way there. We checked out Inveraray Castle and took some pictures. We just wanted to see the outside as the Castle was closed for the season. One thing to be wary of when travelling Scotland in the winter is that some castles will be closed but some are open so don't worry just make sure to check first.






Then of course we had to stop in Luss to see the bonnie bonnie banks of Loch Lomond. The beach was nice and the air was cold and fresh.The tourists were out and about and we all took lots of pictures.







The ducks looked a bit cold.

We decided against going for a swim in Loch Lomond..



The little village was pretty cute. There were all kinds of little shops selling tourists stuff.



Next join us on our time in Glasgow. Glasgow is the biggest city in Scotland known for it's industrial history, intense football rivalries and strong accents. We know it for the many vegan establishments in which to get tasty food. This was our 3rd time visiting Glasgow breaking our never go back to a place twice rule but it's a big place so hard to see all in one go.

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Comments

  1. Omg! We love Settlers of Catan! Board games are awesome. The landscape of Scotland looks so amazing, I really want to go back and explore more of Edinburgh and the countryside. And of course the castles. Looks like you guys had an awesome time =)

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    1. It's a great game! We had a great time. Scotland is such a beautiful country. We hope you get to explore more of it!

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  2. I've been seeing so much amazing information of the Isle of Skye lately that it's almost as if fate is calling me to visit. I love the way the fog adds an element of mystery here and the architecture of the castles is astonishing! Maybe I'll look into booking my ticket. :)

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    1. Isle of Skye is beautiful! You should go!

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  3. Oh, continuing to be jealous of your road trip. Isle of Skye is high up on my Scottish list (right under the Shetlands, in fact). Such a gorgeous country.

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  4. Sorry to read that the first day was so foggy that you can hardly see the castle in the back. Lucky for you that was only one day!

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    1. Yeah it wasn't terrible. It would have been nicer if the castle was open!!

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  5. Scotland looks incredible! I would love to do a road trip such as this. I would particularly like to see Eilean Donan Castle and those Cowsheds look really cool. Thanks for the inspiration and sharing your journey.

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    1. You are welcome! Hope you get there one day!

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  6. A good read - it sounds like an excellent and in-depth road trip. Lots of history and love the links to film but it does look quite cold! When I leave Ireland I would prefer warmer climates but that said I do like Scotland. A great place to visit.

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    1. Thank you. We feel the same about going to Ireland. We love the idea, but are getting tired of the dark, damp days.

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  7. sounds like a good trip. I hope I get a chance to visit it soon

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  8. The castle looks amazing, so does that cowshed, hilarious! :D Even though misty, it's obvious you guys had so much fun. Thanks for sharing! :)

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    1. The cowshed was awesome! It was a great trip.

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  9. Loved this overview of Isle of Skye, and definitely need to visit Eilean Donan when I make the trip! The Cowsheds sound like an absolute must :)

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    1. Eilean Donan is a great castle. Definitely make your way to Isle of Skye and sleep in a Cowshed!

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  10. This is literally the roadtrip of my childhood! So cool to see others visiting and enjoying my fave spots in Scotland! Lovely pictures

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  11. A perfect way to visit Scotland is by car, km by km following the coast! It should be an amazing experience! Great pictures but not really lucky for the first foggy day! thanks for sharing guys

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    1. It really is. Yeah, the fog wasn't nice, but was to be expected.

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