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Portree

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  • Day120

    Fort William to Portree

    October 4, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    We had a big drive today taking in some beautiful scenery and sights. We saw the old steam train used in the Harry Potter movies; Neptune's staircase, a staircase loch comprising 8 lochs on the Caledonian Canal; the Glenfinnan viaduct and monument; Eilean Donan Castle and some hairy Highland cattle.

  • Day3

    Welcome to the Skye

    August 15, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    Die malerische Landschaft am Ben Nevis weckte uns zeitig, denn heute war wieder Fahrtag. Nach einem Frühstück aus Porridge und Brot packten wir zusammen, sammelten unsere Sachen aus dem Trockenraum ein und bogen auf die linke Spur der A82 Richtung Norden. Vorbei an so schön wie großen "Lochs" und Bergen kamen wir nach knapp 2 Stunden zum Eilean Donan Castle, das nur über eine schmale Steinbrücke zu erreichen war. Da uns der Eintritt für den ungeplanten Zwischenstop mit 7,50£ etwas zu hoch war, stärkten wir uns mit Kaffee und Kuchen. Kurz später ging es über die Brücke auf die Isle of Skye. Mächtige grüne Berge begleiteten uns auf dem Weg nach Portree, wo wir eine halbe Stunde später unser B&B erreichten. Ein wunderschön gelegenes Haus mit Blick über die Stadt und zwei gemütlichen Zimmern. Der Erkundung der kleinen Stadt schlossen wir noch die Rundwanderung "Scorrybreac" an und genossen den Ausblick auf der gut zweistündigen Wanderung zu den umliegenden Inseln. Gerade zurück in Portree bekamen wir einen Tisch in einem der chronisch überfüllten Restaurants und freuten uns über Burger bzw. frisch gefangenen Fisch und Krabbensalat. Nun lassen wir den Abend in der Unterkunft mit schottischen Craftbieren und Blick über die Bucht mit den Häusern von Portree ausklingen.Read more

  • Day109

    Sunroof!!

    October 4, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    Just realised today that we had a sunroof in our car! Very exciting except there is no sun in Scotland!

  • Day13

    Over the sea to Skye

    August 28 in the United Kingdom

    We enjoyed a wonderful 41st anniversary dinner Monday night at Two Fat Ladies in Glasgow. Up early Tuesday morning, we began our journey by train, ferry and automobile to the Isle of Skye. The West Highland train line is said to be one of the most scenic train journeys in the world, and it was beautiful, even in the rain. We passed along several lochs, quaint villages, and traveled briefly alongside the West Highland walking trail (100 miles). We felt sorry for the sodden backpackers. A highlight was passing over the Glenfinnan Viaduct, made famous in the Harry Potter movies. When we reached Mallaig, the "Harry Potter train" steam engine was parked on the tracks alongside, ready to make her return to Fort William.

    The ferry took us over the sea to Skye, where we were met by the gentleman from the motor booking agency with our little manual transmission diesel Ford Focus, with the steering wheel on the right. Dennis did great driving on the left. Myj helped by clutching the armrest, leaning side to side and gasping - and we weren't even on the single track roads yet!

    It was a very rainy drive, but the weather began to clear by the time we reached our adorable B&B in the colorful town of Portree. Our hosts, Charlotte and Bill welcomed us at the door and we felt like friends immediately.
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  • Day4

    Canadians in shorts

    May 27, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    We check out of our Airbnb this morning & our hosts were amazing. Really went out of their way for us.

    We went to our meeting spot to start our 3 day isle of skye tour. With a full bus; 3 ppl for Philippines, 2 from china, 3 from India, 1 from US, 1 from Sweden & 1 from Denmark... and of course 2 from the best country in the world CANADA.

    As we start moving, the Swedish lady asks me to switch seats cause she gets car sick (ps. I had the best spot on the bus) then the Indian people had a kid who wouldn't stop crying & they were always late.. it just wasnt starting off well hahaha.

    Anyways, here are a few facts & what we saw on our first day of the tour:

    City chambers has the largest marble staircase in Europe and also has the same marble as the Vatican

    Glasgow 600,000 population

    Queen Elizabeth Hospital with helicopter pad is the largest in the EU

    60% of the whiskey industry in Scotland is owned by the Japanese

    Paisley is largest town in Scotland- 50,000
    City of Inverness (capital of the highlands has a population of 45,000)

    The west highland way is a 96 miles hike- takes between 5-10 days from the city of argyll to the city of Fort Williams

    When the bottle whisky, they lose about 20% of by vaporization. That's what they call angel air & it turns the trunks of the trees near the whisky plant black & if you walk by them you can actually smell the whisky coming off the trees. The trees are black because they grow a type of fungus due to the whiskey.

    Scotland has these "like" mosquitos called medges but apparently are 100 times worse ... there's even a song about them that our driver played for us. "They bite like pirañas, they'll drive you bananas"

    First stop- The city of Luss, we stopped to take some pictures by the water & pet some dogs.

    We stopped at Drovers inn for lunch: a pub built in 1705, nothing has changed on the inside or out except the food a little bit. It is called drovers in because people used to drive their cattle through there back in the days. "Do you know why it's called a kilt? cause the last person that called it a skirt got kilt"

    Brocken long a song played during the Second World War while drinking whiskey (movie whisky galore)

    We passed by the railway bridge that was used in the scene is Harry Potter when the dementors were chasing the train.

    Lochs are lakes
    Lochans are smaller body's of water
    Glenn is a valley
    Ivern is a city at the end of a loch

    We then stopped at Glencoe
    In 1691 there was the massacre in Glencoe. There was the MacDonald Clan that were sent to Iveranne to pledge allegiance but ended up in Fort Williams by accident then were sent south to the city of Iveranne but they were too late. They went back to glencoe where the Campbell's Clan were sent to kill all the MacDonalds under the age of 17 by King William. They came and stayed with them for 12 nights and on the 12th night they killed 38 ppl from the MacDonald Clan. The rest of them fled but didn't survive because of the harsh weather conditions.

    Glencoe has 3 towering peaks which began 470 million years ago when the ancient continents of Laurentia and Avalonia collided. Over a period of 5 million years, at least 8 massive volcanic euruptions lifted the rocks of the continents thousand meters above sea level. These peaks are now called the three sisters; hope faith and charity.

    "What do you call a deer with no eye? No eye-dear. What do you call a deer with no eyes or legs? Still no eye-dear"

    We arrived in Portree where we will be staying the next two night in the cutest little hostel. Every wall has a different color & the shower floor is hot pink & sparkly (now that's my kind of shower)

    We went out for dinner & had fish & chips in the Harbor. This is such a cute little town (mom you would love it here!!)

    We are just hanging out at the hostel & getting ready for the big day tomorrow: ISLE OF SKYE
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  • Day5

    Sheep Shipper

    May 28, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    So day 2 of our skye trip & I'm seriously at a loss for words.

    We met the group at 9 am after making breakfast at our hostel. The Indian family was 20 Minutes late... again.

    Our first stop was Glen Ferry. This was incredible. It looked like something right out of Lord of the Rings. It had small rolling hills that were greener than the best grass I've ever seen.

    Our tour guide, Andrew told us that 60% of the ppl in Skye speak Gaelic. There are golden eagles on Skye & will eat the baby lambs :/. Black faced sheep are the most populated in Scotland. There are more sheep then there are people.

    We got to drive by and saw where Skye meets the Atlantic Ocean ( HI CANADA!!)

    Quirang, which was a stop along the way, was out of this world. The scenery here is spectacular. (See pictures)

    Old man of storr: legend says that there were 2 giants climbing the mountain and they saw something they shouldn't have and they were turned to stone. There's only one left standing today.

    Quiring and Old man of Storr are both in Harry Styles music video for "change of the times". Our bus drivers brother and sister in law were paid to let harry land on their property by helicopter... they were also paid 10,000 pounds (20,000 Canadian) to keep quiet about him coming.

    After coming back from lunch we went to the Dunvegan castle, where he gave us an option.. to either pay 10£ to go in or to go for a walk along the beach. Since it was such a beautiful day out today (and we're going to a castle tomorrow), we decided to choose the walk and we were definitely not disappointed. I just have no words left. Pictures can't even do it justice.

    After the castle, he dropped some of us off at Cullin mountain to go see the ferry pools. This was probably one of my favourite places so far. There was 3 GIANT mountains and waterfalls right through the middle of them. We can go dunk our feet in the crystal clear water (super cold) and hike for about 2 hours.

    We missed our dinner reservation but they managed to squeeze us in a bit later. We grabbed a local beer from the bar and waited to be seated. I had macaroni and cheese with garlic bread and salad. SOOOOO good. (Took some to go to eat for lunch tomorrow)

    We are now back at the hostel, showered & ready to sleep (we both didn't sleep much last night)

    Tomorrow is our last day of the tour (thank god I'll never have to see some of these people ever again 🙃)

    Just a side mark, if you're reading this and you ever want to travel Scotland, use timerberbush tours and ask for the tour guide Andrew. He is sooo kind & is an awesome driver on the single high speed roads!!
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  • Day19

    Day 19 - To the Isle of Skye

    July 6, 2016 in the United Kingdom

    Today was a true rest day. The plan for the day was to make it to the Isle of Skye, and H+I planned for us to arrive in dramatic fashion. They booked us on the “Harry Potter” train - the old-timey steam train that runs from Fort William to Mallaig, where we would take a ferry to Armadale on Skye. The train ride was picturesque and fun. I don’t know if I’ve ever ridden a steam train before. The highlight was of course passing over the Glenfinnan viaduct (see the picture). After arriving on Skye, the Bear drove us across the windswept island where he’d secured us a spot to tour the Talisker distillery. At Talisker, they make the burliest whisky to be found in Scotland (at least the marketing would have you believe it to be so). The tour was basic, but interesting. They were in production so we were able to see some mash in the tun, wort fermenting, and the spirit coming off the stills. We then had a brief tasting. It was fun! We then decided to check out the Fairy Pools, which are supposedly a series of calm green pools of water that form as the River Brittle comes off the Black Cuillin range of mountains. As we got there, the Bear warned us that they not be so calm as we’ve been seeing so much rain recently. Turns out the Bear is not only an expert mountain biker, naturalist and cultural historian, but he’s also a keen meteorologist - he knows his weather as we found out on more than one occasion. In this case, his prognostication was spot on. After a short hike, we saw that the fairy pools were not calm, but rather a raging torrent of water descending from the the rain soaked mountains. They were beautiful nonetheless. And true to their name, there are fairies inhabiting these wyld lands (they tried to steal Bogey’s cell phone).Read more

  • Day13

    Rondje Skye

    July 29 in the United Kingdom

    Vandaag een mooie ronde over het eiland Skye gemaakt. Het heeft alles wat Schotland heeft. Bergen, meren, bossen, kusten en kastelen. Het staat bekend als het eiland in de mist. Gelukkig trok het na de middag heerlijk open.

You might also know this place by the following names:

Portree, Port Rìgh, Port Rígh, Портри, 波特里

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