Scotland/Isle Of Skye

October 14-18

“Scotland is a picturesque country where the people are friendly yet completely incomprehensible. Also, the national delicacy is a sheep’s stomach filled with its liver, lungs, and heart.” – Adam Schlesinger

During our Europe travels we decided to road trip around Scotland. We had 5 days to take in this incredible country and that wasn’t nearly enough time.

Isle of Skye

Arriving in Isle of Skye was magical.  This area is just stunning. It is rugged but breathtaking.  We only had one night, I really wish we could have stayed for 2 or 3. 

We stayed at the incredible Bracken Hide.  This sensational retreat sits up on a hill nestled in with the surrounding individual cabins and local sheep.  There is a restaurant, whiskey bar, sauna, and plunge pool all on property.  The staff is top notch and helpful with anything you may need.  They even associate with a laundry service, which we were in dyer need of.  I highly recommend this establishment during your travels, it is the perfect place to stop relax and reset for the next leg of adventure.  We ate, drank, played games and took in the beautiful landscape to prepare the next road trip to Glasgow. (5 Hour Drive)

The next morning we hesitantly packed up our belongs enjoyed a delicious breakfast at the hotel restaurant and then went down to  get a quick look at the town Portree.  Portree is the largest town on, and capital of, the Isle of Skye in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland.  Its a charming little town with some well known donuts.  Make sure you stop into MacKenzie’s Bakery for a tasty treat.

From there we headed South to Glasgow our final stop on our Scotland journey.  This day of driving was long but enjoyable.  Even on a bad day it would still be a gorgeous drive.  About 2.5 hours in I randomly saw a sign for Mountain Gondola Ride.  Um, hello why not! 

About 10 mins later, we found ourselves at Nevis Range Resort.  Also known as Nevis Range Mountain Experience, is a premier mountain resort located in Fort William, in the heart of the Scottish Highlands. The resort offers a range of activities such as mountain biking, snow sports, tree adventure, and family activities.  The resort is home to the UK’s only Mountain Gondola, which takes visitors to a height of 650m on the north face of Aonach Mòr, the 8th highest mountain in Britain. For about $25 you can take the Gondola up to take in the view and grab lunch.  During our visit as it was mid October the Mountain was entertaining dozens of mountain bikers.  Some of these trails looked like they were straight down.  Scary and impressive stuff!

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