Ballater to Portree, Isle of Skye: Tuesday May 1

Breakfast this morning was fried eggs, Arbroath smokeys and black pudding. We left early as the Gairnshiel bridge is damaged and made our way via the detour to Tomintoul, which is the highest village in the Highlands.

From Ballater to the Isle of Skye
From Ballater to the Isle of Skye

On the way we went passed Corgarff Castle and the Lecht Ski Centre which is 2090ft above sea level.There was still snow on the roof!

From Ballater to the Isle of Skye
From Ballater to the Isle of Skye

At Tomintoul we went to The Whisky Castle where we did a tasting and bought ourselves a bottle to bring home with us.

From Ballater to the Isle of Skye
From Ballater to the Isle of Skye

We then crossed over the Caledonian Canal a few times, and drove along Loch Ness.

From Ballater to the Isle of Skye
From Ballater to the Isle of Skye

Urquhart Castle was along this route.

From Ballater to the Isle of Skye
From Ballater to the Isle of Skye

We stopped at Fort Augustus to take a look at the locks.

From Ballater to the Isle of Skye
From Ballater to the Isle of Skye

We were stopped at one of the swing bridges where I got a photo of the Bridge of Oich.

From Ballater to the Isle of Skye
From Ballater to the Isle of Skye

We spent a fair amount of time in Fort William due to road works! Ben Nevis distellery is alongside the road so I will assume the snow capped peak above Fort William was Ben Nevis (which it is).

From Ballater to the Isle of Skye
From Ballater to the Isle of Skye

We caught the ferry from Malaig to Armadale (cost £31) before driving in to Port Tree.

From Ballater to the Isle of Skye
From Ballater to the Isle of Skye

We are staying at Ben Tianavaig bed and breakfast in the room named Earlish. Quite ironic as Charlotte did not get our request to change the date and she has us arriving tomorrow. Luckily for us this was not a problem.

Isle of Skye
Isle of Skye

Shortly we will be going for a walk before our dinner at Sea Breezes Restaurant.

Isle of Skye
Isle of Skye

We decided to have 2 starters each and we both started with Manhattan chowder which was a rich tomato base with mussels (£4).

Isle of Skye
Isle of Skye

Dave had crab claws and I had the mussel starter which was a generous portion cooked in a lemongrass broth (£5.95).

Isle of Skye
Isle of Skye

We drank a bottle of Fraser’s Bay pinotage (£14.50) and finished our meal with a rich chocolate tart (£5.25) and a selection of Scottish cheeses, the best one being the Orkney cheddar (£5.25)

Isle of Skye
Isle of Skye
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