Heading south on Skye
Our time at Staffin and Skye was drawing to a close. We’d had a great time, very relaxing. Now it was time to head south, ready to head back to mainland Scotland once again. We thought we’d spend some time in Portree and visit Broadford on our way back to Kyleakin.
Lovely to take in a final view of our surroundings. Time for some porridge and a mug of tea for breakfast before we hit the road. As it was boiling the water, I realised that my trusted Trangia stove and kettle must have been keeping me going with teas and food for over 40 years! I bought this when I was in the Scouts. Brilliant piece of design. So simple, and totally reliable as it’s never let me down once in all that time!
Great weather, great experience
We had experienced some amazing weather during our time in the Highlands and Islands. When you’re out and about camping in your bus, it really makes all the difference. The drive back down the east coast of Skye was fantastic. Sun was out and the landscape and roads were amazing. Perfect for a road trip!
Although not huge, Portree is the largest town in (and the capital of) the Isle of Skye. It has a small harbour as it was originally a fishing village, and is surrounded by cliffs. We had briefly passed through Portree before on the way to Staffin and found a fantastic place to eat. Choice of location for dinner? Only one real choice, the fantastic Cafe Arriba in Portree Bay!
Once again it came up trumps. A bit of a queue/wait, but that’s due to its popularity I guess? That’s no bad thing, more of a recommendation in my eyes. I had a superb lamb chilli that really hit the spot perfectly for me!
Unusual yarns in Broadford
After lunch, we continued on our way down the coast to Broadford. A coastal town that sits in the shadows of the Red Cuillin mountains – not a bad backdrop really! Lorna wanted to visit a small business there that she’d found online called the Handspinner Having Fun. It sounded right up her street, and she was really looking forward to visiting it…
Its a business that aims to buy locally (where possible) and promote rare breed sheep, unusual yarns, handspun yarn, hand-knitted products and hand-dyed fibre. They also aim to promote health through creativity and be a resource for ideas and inspiration. Support for local crafts, trades and artists is at the heart of the business.
Sources of inspiration
Plenty of funky and interesting things to see. Lorna bought some tweed selvedge from the Isle of Harris, not something you find in most shops. A funky material, not sure what Lorna plans to use it for yet, but I’m sure it will be pretty cool! Whilst Lorna was having an extended look around the store, I wandered around outside the back of the building. I noticed when I parked up, that it backed onto the sea, and there were a couple of interesting looking traditional fishing boats. Always opportunities to take a quick picture!
The sunsets on our time on Skye
We found a good-sized Coop in Broadford, so took the opportunity to top up with supplies and petrol. Really surprised to find that petrol prices on Skye seemed quite a bit cheaper than that of some of the places we had filled up in on mainland Scotland? Happy days for us. We took the opportunity to fill up with petrol and top up with a few supplies before heading on.
All stocked up, we continued to follow the coastal road south to Kyleakin. Back to where we first arrived in Skye for one last night on the island. Tomorrow we would be heading back to the mainland, heading to somewhere new…