Archive for May, 2011

Ben Nevis (4,410 ft) – Day 13

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

Clare & Dennis Summit Ben Nevis in May Lochan Meall an t-Suidhe Panorama

On summit day, we woke up to intermittent rain. Enjoyed a lovely full breakfast while staring out the picture window at Torlinnhe. It was time to hike, so we grabbed our stuff and jumped in the car. (more…)

Portree to Ft. William, Ben Nevis Maps, Torlinnhe Guest House – Day 12

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

Portree To Ft William Driving Map
Our last morning in Portree, we woke up to rain. I wanted to sleep for several more hours, but yanked myself out of bed. We enjoyed another wonderful Scottish breakfast and then hit the road.

Eilean Donan Castle, Scotland

Eilean Donan Castle, Scotland
We stopped at Eilean Donan Castle for coffee. There had been a power outage, so the Cafe was just opening. Glad we got there when we did and not an hour earlier! We enjoyed our coffee while staring at the beautiful castle (see above). The rain was relentless, but the added mist in the air was quite romantic! (more…)

Wee Grumpy Run & Hiking the Quiraing – Day 11

Monday, May 9th, 2011

Quiraing Hiking MapQuiraing Hiking Trail

Clare & Dennis Hiking the Quiraing
While devouring our abundant Scottish breakfast, we perused local hiking guides. We decided to hike the Quiraing, a mystical rock formation outside of Uig. We hiked from 10:30am to 3pm. Then we drove back to Uig through Staffin following the route Dennis did the day prior on his bike. (more…)

Trail Running – Uig to Bein Edra – Day 10

Sunday, May 8th, 2011

Clare and Fiona Summit Bein Edra!
Around 9am Sunday morning, I met up with some Wee Grumpy Runners, a local running club to do a long trail run. I was hoping for 33 km, or something thereabouts. After posting a note on their bulletin board, and trading emails back and forth with Fiona, I was excited to finally be meeting up for the run!
Vicki and Dennis Ready to Ride
Dennis Near Uig, Isle of Skye

A super fit gal, Vicki, met up with Dennis for a moderate bike ride, while equally talented Fiona and Andy met up with me for the run. The runners and bikers parted ways at the Uig dockside, to meet back around lunchtime. As we watched Dennis & Vicki pedal away, my excitement rose! Where & what would we be running!?!

Andy drove us to the trailhead on the edge of Uig. His mini-cooper is sooooo cool! I worried about all my sunblock rubbing off on the leather seats, but he said it was no big deal. What a guy!

When I saw the trailhead for the run was at a cemetary, I made some off the cuff joke about the morbid location for the start of the run…Which got us off to a fun and light-hearted start!

Aviemore to Portree – Day 9 – Culloden Battlefield

Saturday, May 7th, 2011

Our Drive
Aviemore To Portree Driving Map
Culloden Sign
Culloden Battlefield Sign
Culloden Croft House
Culloden Croft House

After breakfast in Aviemore, we said goodbye to Gail and Peter and headed north to the Culloden Battlefield. We arrived just in time for a 12pm tour, which was very informative and sobering. (more…)