Day 3, Glenfinnan Monument – Glenbrittle Pools

Written by Manuel Faessler
After an early start we drove north through some hills and mountains (a really fantastic landscape) to Eilean Donan Castle. As we arrived there when the castle was still closed we used the time we had to take some pics from the outside of the castle. It was a pity it was low tide, which resulted in a relatively „unattractive" waterside which was slippery as hell.

After we did our survey of the castle (blown up by the English in 1719, restored between 1919 and 1932 by Lt. Col. John MacRae-Gilstrap) and enjoyed a coffee in the visitorcenter, we drove over the Skye Bridge on the Isle of Skye. At first we drove trough a couple of villages (on of them with a gas station – you should always use them in the highlands ...), and then over singletrack roads to Glenbrittle. A short distance before the village are the famous Fairy Pools, which are actually only a series of puddles in a creek but connected with beautiful waterfalls and surrounded by the intimidating mountains oft he Cullin Ridge. The clear green-blue water, the rocky riverbed and the surrounding landscape is really beautiful ... or it would be ... with good weather ... DAMN!!

As we had enough time left, we drove to Talisker Bay and looked for a place to spend the night there. After half an hour driving over really adventurous roads (the car touched both edges of the road simultanously relatively often) we had to walk for half an hour to reach the beach. The weather was relatively good (with even the sun coming out a couple of times) and it seemed we could experience (and of course photograph) a nice sunset at Talisker Bay. About half an hour later, it looked quite differently and we had to rush back to the car and reached it just in time before it started to rain ...

As we haven't seen a good place to camp on the way from the pools to Talisker Bay, we decided to drive back to the parking lot by the pools and spend the night there ... the second consecutive windy and rainy night.


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