DAY 8: Highlands and Isle of Skye

We started with a sit down breakfast this morning at the Ben Wyvis hotel.  I was fortunate to be able to get the e-mail off last night.  We have no phones in the hotel at Strathpeffer, so I was able to convince the hotel manger to crack open the public phone.  I was able to tap into the phone line and make a quick connection to the net and shoot off the e-mails.  By the time we get to Glasgow, we should be back to hotels with phones.

Douglas and Keith in Scotland!

We headed off after breakfast to the Isle of Skye and the small village of Broadford.  We had a coffee break at a little shop overlooking the Atlantic.  Douglas and I headed down to a small stone church in the town to attend the morning service.  We had to leave quite early to catch the coach, but the time we spent there was good.  It just happened to be a family day at the church, so we got to see some of the youngsters participate in the morning activities.

Most of today was overcast and misty.  It some ways this added to the view, but of course it tended to "chop off" our view of some of the distant sights.  Nevertheless, the drive was spectacular.   The highlands are absolutely the most stunning terrain I've ever seen.  The range of view reminds one of the western US, and the variation of terrain is astonishing.  The view changes from lake views, to forest, to rocky, to barren, to mountainous, to green and lush. 

The scenery in Scotland is breathtaking.

Pictures simply cannot
do these views justice!

Our last two stops were at impressive gorges with waterfalls.  One of the ravines was 200 to 300 feet.  What a sight!  After dinner, Douglas and I took a hike up to a Pict artifact in Strathpeffer.  It was an ancient stone with symbols dating from the 7th century.  The view of the valley and surrounding hills was breathtaking.

On tour was entirely a scenic drive today, so there are no specific "sights" to tell you about.  Words can hardly do justice to what we saw.  Tomorrow we're off for Glasgow.

A 200 to 300 foot gorge!

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Another fantastic gorge!