Isle of Skye to Ballater: Thursday May 3

Dave had a repeat of his breakfast but I chose smoked salmon and scrambled eggs as my cooked bit. I added lovely berries to my porridge and I could have that every morning.

Back to Ballater
Back to Ballater

We then went to collect our langoustines before leaving the Isle via Skye bridge.

Back to Ballater
Back to Ballater

We headed through Kyle of Lochalsh to Invegarry where we stopped at the Glengarry Castle Hotel for tea (for me) and coffee and shortbread (for Dave) = £7.50. This which was served in a lounge over 100 years old with an amazing view.

Back to Ballater
Back to Ballater

We then went over Spean bridge to Roy bridge where we made a wrong turn to Newtonmore.

Back to Ballater
Back to Ballater

We should have followed the road to Dalwhinnie but instead we went through Laggan where we stretched our legs, and then to Newtonmore where we bought sandwiches for lunch.

Back to Ballater
Back to Ballater

We headed back in the direction of Dalwhinnie, heading for Perth. We then drove through Pitlochry before doing a tour of Edradour. It was amazing and the cost of £7.50 each included two tastings and a glass plus an amazing tour that I can highly recommend and will blog about separately.

Back to Ballater
Back to Ballater

We drove back to Ballater via Braemar where we shopped for a few essentials. We got a bottle of Magners Irish cider to enjoy before dinner with partridge pate. Supper was 20 langoustines (£5.50) with carrots, mushrooms and a lemon garlic butter sauce.

Ballater
Ballater
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Isle of Skye: Wednesday May 2

We had a cooked breakfast – I started with porridge and Dave had cereal and fruit. This was followed by a poached egg served with black pudding, bacon, a sausage, mushrooms and Dave had fried tomato. We each had half a slice of toast, Dave’s with jam and mine with heather creamed honey.

Isle of Skye
Isle of Skye

Today we drove around the north end of the Isle. Stopping first at Loch Faden and then at Kilt Rock and Dantulm (Lub Score).

Isle of Skye
Isle of Skye

We went in to The Skye Museum of Island Life which was a very interesting history of the crofter’s and the people of Skye.

Isle of Skye
Isle of Skye

Our route then took us through Uig, a view of Eilean Dubh in Loch Dunvegan and on to The Three Chimney’s.

Isle of Skye
Isle of Skye

We had lunch at Jann’s Cakes in Dunvegan. I tried fermented dandelion and burdock with ginger extract to drink, which tasted like aniseed, and Dave had an espresso.

Isle of Skye
Isle of Skye

I had vegetable, lentil and spinach soup with freshly made dumplings. Dave had a toasted cheese and ham and the total bill was £16.25.

Isle of Skye
Isle of Skye

We drove up to Dunvegan Castle which you cannot see from the road. We stopped to look at Dun Beag Broch which is a small fort used as an early warning system.

Isle of Skye
Isle of Skye

We stopped in at Talisker where I collected a flavour map.

Isle of Skye
Isle of Skye

We drove down to Portnalong where one of the salmon fish farms can be seen.

Isle of Skye
Isle of Skye

We then drove along stopping to get a photo of Loch Bracdale and Loch Harport before heading back to Portree.

Isle of Skye
Isle of Skye

We stopped at the fishing harbour shop to see if we could buy fresh fish tomorrow, but they open too late. We then went in to Relish and Cathryn told us she would open for us in the morning if we wanted to buy something now and leave it overnight in their fridge. She will also give us a cool box. We got £5.50 worth of langoustines which we will cook for dinner tomorrow night. We then got some ice cream, Dave chose cranacken and I had chocolate. We ate our ice creams while walking around the village and then came back to the B&B for coffee.

Isle of Skye
Isle of Skye

We went for a walk to the Isles Inn and had a half pint of Red Cuillin before walking to Marmalade, a lovely restaurant with a view of the bay.

Isle of Skye
Isle of Skye

Dave had venison pate to start and his main course was chicken supreme with a haggis stuffing.

Isle of Skye
Isle of Skye

I had salmon served with asparagus and a hollandaise sauce on a bed of taglietelle.

Isle of Skye
Isle of Skye

We shared a fudge cake and Dave had an espresso. Wine tonight was a merlot from Chile. The bill came to £53.10.

Isle of Skye
Isle of Skye

We then walked back to the B&B while it was still light outside.

Isle of Skye
Isle of Skye

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