Our second sunny day on the Isle of Skye was spent exploring more beautiful landscapes and becoming increasingly convinced that magical things really do exist. Our first stop took us to the most Westerly point of the island: Neist Point. Visit this remote part of Skye and you’ll find rugged, wonderful cliffs, with a light house teetering on the edge of them.
As we stepped out the car at Neist Point, we were hit by what we truly believe were hurricane-force winds. It was the kind of wind that, quite literally, took your breath away. Not being the sturdiest of people, we gripped tightly on to each other as we embarked on a half an hour descent towards the cliff, tears and snot whipping into our increasingly tangled hair. We looked sensational.
After surviving the descent, we scrambled down towards the lighthouse to take in the views over the Atlantic. With waves crashing and booming against the cliffs, it is a truly spectacular place to visit. If the wind wasn’t battering us, we could have stayed here all day, taking in the salty sea air and beauty of this place. Unfortunately, we were finding it increasingly hard to stay vertical and so had to make a hasty retreat back to the safety of our car.
Back in the car, and having detangled our hair, we stopped down a little lane to eat our sandwiches as we looked out to sea. We stayed in this spot for quite a while, dreaming up ways we could persuade our parents to move here so we could make Skye a regular feature of our lives.
Car-picnic lunch complete, we were off again towards the magical Fairy Glens, located in Trotternish. We’ve blogged about this wonderful part of Skye before and it is a place that we could never grow bored of visiting. These miniature rolling hills , with a crumpled, bumpy texture, really do have a magical feel. It even comes complete with a miniature Loch! On a sunny afternoon, with birds tweeting, we ran up and down these hills like kids and threw pennies into the stone circles to make a wish (Claire wished for real fairies). It was one of those afternoons where you’re truly happy to be a human being on this earth.
It was hard to tear ourselves from the Glen, but it was made easier knowing we were off to yet another breath-taking landscape: the Quiraing. This landscape, also in Trotternish, is probably the most well known on Skye and a visit to the island wouldn’t be complete without completing this trek. The walk is 4-5 miles up to the summit and not too difficult, aside from a few steep paths. Looking out over these hills, towards the Outer Hebrides and Scottish mainland, you feel very small indeed.
After another exhilarating walk in the late afternoon sunshine, we returned back to our hotel in Portree with rosy cheeks and that feeling you have when you were little, after spending a day playing outside in the fresh air! To visit Skye and explore these landscapes is to truly switch off from everyday life. With virtually no phone signal most of the time, you’re forced to solely enjoy the beauty of what is in front of you. We found this trip helped us relax in a way a holiday on a tropical beach has never been able to do. Who knows, maybe it’s magic?