Travel to Scotland
Day 4 Broadford - Fairy pools - Dunvegan - Coral beach - Broadford (159 Km.)
(in 44 km.) Fairy Pools: Our first visit of the day will be the Fairy pools. As soon as we leave Broadford, the landscape of the Isle of Skye begins to surprise us. We are driving near the coast, passing through the Loch na Cairidh, Loch Ainort and Loch Sligachan. In Sligachan, before taking the detour to the A863, we stopped for a moment to take some pictures of the stone bridge and the Sligachan Waterfalls. As it is raining abundantly, the water drops with force. Upon reaching Drynoch, we leave the main road and continue on a narrower road full of "Passing places". We finally reached the parking lot of the Fairy pools, completely full, so we left the car on the side of the road.
The Fairy pools are a series of pools and waterfalls of crystal clear water formed by the Brittle River and located at the foot of the Black Cuillins. From the parking area, first go down to the bottom of the valley and, after crossing a couple of rivers through wide stones, climb up the opposite slope. In just 20 minutes you reach the first of the waterfalls. This part of the road is the most difficult. Do not be discouraged because the swimming pools are nearby. This first waterfall is the one with the highest drop and the deepest pool. The most unpleasant, besides the persistent rain, are the "muggies", a kind of mosquito clouds very annoying and small. Fortunately we have been warned about them and we put on protective nets, ridiculous but very useful.
The next pool is properly the most famous, an ideal blue swimming pool with clear water for swimming. First, we do not identify it, reason why we keep going up. After some minutes we reached a point where we could not continue due to the mud. After a few minutes of doubt we returned and realized that we had passed a small sign that indicated the end of the Fairy pools. Back to the main pool we identify the famous pool. The problem is that depending on the amount of water the shape of the waterfalls varies a lot, besides that due to the rain the waters were not crystal clear. Even so, the landscape is beautiful. Back in the parking lot we saw a man throwing himself into one of the pools. The water was very cold.
(in 39 km.) Dunvegan: We left towards the north of the island, with the first objective of finding a place to have lunch. After many kilometers we finally found in Struan a small shop of books/ coffee (Bog Myrtle Skye) very cozy. There, in addition to delicious local dishes, we ate what, according to the owner, the best Brownie in Scotland. We give faith that it was delicious. We arrived at Dunvegan Castle. The castle, whose first known construction dates from the 13th century, has been a stronghold of the MacLeod clan for more than 700 years. After several extensions it was remodeled in medieval style in the 19th century. We arrived at the castle at 16:00, one hour before its closure. We wanted to enter the castle and book the boat trip to Loch Dunvegan to see up close the seal colony that lives there. Unfortunately the last day trip had just left. why we decided not to enter the castle and take advantage of the sun to go out to walk around the nearby Coral beach.
(in 6 km.) Coral beach: We arrived through a narrow road to the parking lot of Coral Beach. As it is sunny, and the parking lot is very small, we found some difficulty to find a parking space. After crossing a fence, we start the path to the beach. It is a wide and easy road that goes down to the beach (the way back is ascendent). There is about 1.8 kilometers to the beach and it takes about 25 minutes to get there. The road runs through the interior of a farm and we find a group of cows (and bulls) grazing along the road. A few hundred meters before reaching the beach we must climb a promontory from which we get fabulous views of the Coral beach.
Although it is called Coral Beach, its white sand is not really coral. They are bleached skeletons of red seaweed Coralline (also known as Maërl). In the reef of the island of Lampay the Coralline grows very slowly to 1 mm per year. There are also many different and colorful shells on the beach. Right next to the beach there is a small hill that is known as the 'Ghrobain'. In just a couple of minutes we climb it and get incredible views over the beach, the turquoise blue waters and the nearby islands. After having a good time enjoying this landscape, we returned to the parking lot, where we must protect ourselves again from the muggies.
(in 70 km.) Broadford: After having enjoyed one of the landscapes that we liked the most during our trip, we crossed the island again from north to south to return to the lodge. We pass through Sligachan again, this time sunny, and we are surprised to see the difference in the waterfalls, because now they have much less water. As we arrived at Broadford a little late, we came across the problem that almost all the restaurants had already closed the kitchen or were full.