Thursday, 10 May 2012

Monday April 23rd, 2012 – Isle of Skye Trip

            On Friday April 20th Mike and I went on the Isle of Skye trip with the international society at my university.  The Isle of Skye is a large island in the west of Scotland and is known to have the most beautiful landscapes out of Scotland.  On the first day we stopped in Glencoe (again) and saw the famous 3 Sisters Mountains.  We then saw the Glenfinnan Viaduct, which is famous for being in the Harry Potter movies where the train to Hogwarts goes along.  Afterwards we went to Eilean Donan Castle and saw beautiful views of the castle and the loch.  We then checked into our hostel in Portree on the Isle of Skye and had some free time that evening.
            The next day we went to the Sliagachan bridge which is famous for a myth.  The myth is that if you dunk your head in the water there for 7 seconds, you’ll have eternal beauty.  Mike ended up dunking his head in the water, but most of us didn’t.  We then spent 3 hours climbing the Old Man of Storr, which is a mountain.  It was definitely a good work out and was amazing eating lunch at the top above the clouds.  We were also able to go very close to sheep, which was very exciting.  Near the end of our lunch we saw some rain clouds moving in so we started to make our descent down.  We then went to Lealt Falls where we saw even more sheep, and then went to Kilt rock.  That rock was basically a cliff with formations on it that look like pleats in a tartan kilt.  We then stopped at random castle ruins, and saw many baby sheep that I was a couple meters away from.  We then drove through the town of Uig and went back to Portree where we had dinner beside the harbour.
            The next day we made our way to Inverness where we walked around and had lunch.  We had already been there back in February so we didn’t walk around too much.  We then went to Loch Ness where we went on a cruise past Urquhart Castle.  Next, we went to Cairngorm ski hill where we saw amazing views of the highlands.  There were actually people skiing there and I wish we could have too. L  Afterwards we stopped in the town called Pitlochry for dinner, and then continued home to Glasgow.  Was definitely an amazing trip with lots of friends, and a great way to end Spring Break.