Isle of Skye, Day 2: The Old Man of Storr & black sand dunes.

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In the car again (which, yes, I guess is pretty mandatory seeing as this IS the documentation of a road trip) we headed towards Portree, on the coffee hunt. (The instant stuff often found in hostels does not count/deserve to be titled “coffee”, in my humble opinion…)

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After the mornings first cuppa, we had a peek at the harbour and nicked some wild blackberries.
 

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But the real destination for the morning was the Old Man of Storr; the large pinnacle you can see to the right.

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The views from the hike up the hill were just stunning. Look at all that blue!

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Voila! We did not make it all the way to the top; instead we laid down in the grass for a while, seeking shelter from the light winds and just enjoyed the landscape.

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The rest of the afternoon we drove around the northern part of the isle, had coffee under sizzling sun in Dunvegan before driving back towards “our” part of the isle.

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Final stop before dinner was Talisker Bay. 

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I was well intrigued by the black (???) sand dunes.

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We ended the evening with a meal and a pint at The Old Inn in Carbost; they even had a vegan curry!!! (That I downed in like 7 minutes tops. So hungry from all the fresh air!)


Aberdeen ⇒ Inverness.

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After a rather stressful morning of crossing town THREE times to get all the documents in order to pick up our rental car, we were on the road around noon to start our drive up towards Inverness.

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We stopped along the A96 in Keith to visit the Strathisla distillery. Now I am not overly intrigued of such places, but J had made a good choice (if it were up to him we'd have stopped at just about every distillery we crossed... which were PLENTY!) with Strathisla, as it is the oldest distillery still operating in Scotland and thus lacks that almost industrial feel you get from more modern complexes.

The tour was about £7.50pp and lasted for an hour, including a little whisky tasting at the end (or you can purchase a driver's set if you are behind the wheel.)

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Once in the highland capital, we literally made it around the city center before the rain started pissing down. This brought us into conversation with an elderly local who tagged along on a little pub crawl. First stop was the Castle Tavern, then on to the Market Bar (regarded as a bit of a hidden gem of the city - a teeny tiny pub in all wooden decor) and finally to Hootananny in time for a live session of traditional Scottish music.  

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When we rolled out of town the following day, the sun stood bright in the sky yet the chilly August air was indicating autumn's return. We drove along Loch Ness, onto Eilean Donan Castle and finally to Isle of Skye where we'd spend the next couple of days -- but that will be a post for another time.