Day 4, and the plan was to stay at the Dunvegan Camp Site on Skye. I’m sure that Sky is wonderfully beautiful, when you can see it!
As we turned up to the camp-site, the tents that were there were blowing around quite spectacularly and the rain was literally sideways, so we decided to head back to the main land for a more sheltered camp! A good omen – this beautiful rainbow as we came over the Skye Bridge
We headed south of the Kyle of Lochalsh, through Invershiel, to the Ratagan Forest. This hidden gem is a must see if you are on the NV500 route. The mountains are truly spectacular and the Ratagan Mountain pass was a wonderful road to drive.
From the top of the Mam pass, you can see the Five Sisters mountain range – legend says that two Irish Princes, washed ashore during a storm, fell in love with two of the seven daughters of the King of Kintail. Having promised to send their five brothers for the remaining sisters, the Princes married the two youngest Princesses and returned to Ireland. The five sisters waited in vain, and eventually asked the Grey Magician of Coire Dhunnaid to extend their vigil beyond life itself, whereupon he turned them into mountains.
We ended up in the lovely little town of Glenelg, where we visited Ronnie MacDonald at the Moyle Park Campsite. Beautiful, well kept little camp site. Whilst there, Ronnie gave us some local tourist information about visiting the local Pictish Brochs (“The best in Scotland”, said Ronnie). The Brochs are truly mysterious, and these were certainly the most complete we have seen so far.
Interesting to note, Glenelg is officially twinned with a location…on Mars. The Curiosity Rover would visit this place twice, so a suitable palindromic name was sought out. Glenelg was also the home of notable TV naturalist Terry Nutkin, until his death in 2012.