perfect location for a road trip

Popping in to Portree Bay

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.

practical and stylish – loving my new hat!
practical and stylish – loving my new hat!

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!

tea time… my trusted Trangia stove and kettle have been keeping me going for over 40 years!
tea time… my trusted Trangia stove and kettle have been keeping me going for over 40 years!

Great weather makes for a 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!

perfect location for a road trip
perfect location for a road trip

Picturesque Portree

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!

tranquil view of Portree from the harbour
tranquil view of Portree from the harbour

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!

superb food at Café Arriba once again
superb food at Café Arriba once again

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…

Lorna topping up on some textile supplies
Lorna topping up on some textile supplies

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.

Traditional loom at the Handspinner Having Fun
Traditional loom at the Handspinner Having Fun

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!

traditional fishing boat at Broadford
traditional fishing boat at Broadford

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.

The sun sets on our last night on the Isle of Skye
The sunsets on our last night on the Isle of Skye

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…

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