Off the beaten track…


We were lucky to have a visit from my eldest daughter for ten days, once we reopened. And we went to some undiscovered places. off the beaten track.

St. Columba’s Isle, Skeabost

St. Columba’s Isle lies next to the river Snizort. And on the Isle is a Mortuary Chapel of the Nicholsons of Sgoirebreac. It is said that 28 chiefs of that name are buried there. First, walk over the wooden bridge onto the isle, you get a good view off the bridge before you come down. Although many of the stones are weathered or fallen, you still get a sense of what it must of been like. It is a tranquil location and we found some interesting stones.

Waterfalls near Torrin

It was a lovely sunny day so we had a drive out to Torrin, to the waterfalls. We parked up with views across to the Cuillins.

Then walk up beside the river with its’ cascading falls. If we had gone prepared, we may even of gone in for a dip. Maybe next time! But it was lovely to sit in the tranquillity and listen to the water tumbling past.

Next we called into Amy’s Place for homemade soup and cake ~ with a view. Well worth a visit.

North Uist and Bernaray

To really get off the beaten track, did you know you can visit the Outer Hebrides for a day from Skye? We stayed there for two weeks on our honeymoon two years ago. We decided to take my daughter for the day to show her how magnificent it is. Why not check out the Calmac timetable. From 1 May to 6 September you can get the ferry from Uig at 9.30am on a Sunday, arriving in Lochmaddy at 11.15am, returning on the 8.40pm ferry. From 18 June to 27 August you can do this route on a Friday too. Always remember to book your tickets ahead and print them off. We can give you an early breakfast before your trip and print off your tickets if you forget!

We had a great time on the beach on Bernaray. Ian and Daniella even went in the sea! We took our trusty brewing tackle and made a brew. We even saw a porpoise.

When on Bernaray visit the Coral Box Gift Shop an Aladdin’s gave of items.

However, because a lot of places are closed on a Sunday you will need to plan your lunch and evening meal. We took sandwiches for a picnic on the beach on Bernaray and then booked a table at Langass Lodge, North Uist, in their bar area. The food was delicious. and we had a great view from our table.

On your return you will be able to see the sun setting behind you, always a good photo opportunity.

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