Kintail & Skye 2019 Day 6
A wet morning forecast for Kintail with a possible slight improvement in the afternoon. A trip to Eilean Donan Castle was tempting - no doubt with all the other tourists in a 50-mile radius - but we instead decided to head up to Portree which would give us more short walk / sightseeing options in case windows of better weather appeared.
After a very wet drive across Skye, we actually arrived in Portree ahead of the rain, which was moving south to north. So we went for a quick walk around the Scorrybreac circuit, which circumnavigates the lower slopes of Ben Chracaig on the northeast side of the village.
A grey but dry view across the bay to Portree from the boathouse a few hundred metres into the walk:
The path is level and wide at first (but doesn't remain so):
We soon reached the Clan Nicolson viewpoint, where there's a flagpole, plaque and a viewpoint indicator showing us all the distant parts of Skye which were hidden behind fog
Nearing the southernmost point of the headland the path gradually became rougher and narrower, heralding a much more interesting and rugged next mile or so. We loved the rest of the coastal part of this walk - it has a surprisingly wild feel despite being so close to Portree.
Raasay across the sound:
Ben Chracaig looming over the path to the left:
Eventually the path turned inland, just as drizzle on the front of the rain band caught up with us. The return leg isn't quite as interesting - though probably has good views of The Storr in better weather. The ascent away from the coastline is quite a sharp one, which was a bit of a shock!
The rain was pretty heavy by the time we got back to the car... so the emergency backup option of browsing the shops in Portree had to be put into action
Kintail & Skye 2019
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