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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Northern Skye, Scotland

Today was a drive around the northern part of the island of Skye, north from Portree.  First stop, the Old Man of Storr, a half hour walk from the road.

Low clouds and a very strong wind meant this was the most we saw.  Would love to come back on another occasion as these formations looked very dramatic.

Looking the other way, east towards the mainland.

Next stop was Kilt Rock.  The 300 ft waterfall drops over the tube-like basalt columns into the sea.

Kilt Rock
Up until now, the rain had only been intermittent.  We drove the narrow road up to a parking area at the Quiraing, but only ventured a short distance out of the car.  I had real difficulty opening the car door here!  The guide book describes the area as "a spectacular forest of mighty pinnacles and savage rock formations".

Back to the main road going north along the coast, we were lucky to enjoy a stunning rainbow for a few minutes.  Not bad for our first truly wet day.

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