November 10, 2009

Road to the Isles

We left out of Perth early – the sky was threatening but in a really beautiful way (it doesn't always rain - but November is a bit showery...good news is we won't be coming in November, but in glorious April or September!).

One of the very few bits of highway we see on the trip

We followed the southern bank of the River Tay through to Aberfeldy and onwards to Falls of Dochart.

The Tay is beautiful and we have traveled along it today.  Here we're near the Black Watch memorial.

Then we crossed the river at the eastern end of Loch Tay.
Obligatory sheep photo – this might be where washable wool comes from?

We continued westward before turning north towards and through Glen Coe. I find that Glen Coe is haunting and new each time I see it – even without its bloody history, it is a moving place.

Entrance to Glen Coe

From there we kept on to the north, through Fort William and the southern approaches to the Caledonian Canal (another incredible engineering feat – Scots may arguably be the best engineers in the world, both historically and currently).

The final leg of the day turned us westward again through Glen Shiel and the Five Sisters to Klye of Lochalsh and across the sea to Skye.  Do you know what “kyle” means? If not, I’ll tell you later on…

My first view of the new Skye Bridge - not a great picture, but I was very excited!

The scenery is captivating and the tunes we’ll share start bombarding me with every curve in the road! It's been a long day but full of breathtaking sites.  Can't wait for what tomorrow brings!

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