July 2014 – a weekend on Skye – Reporter Dennis O’Hare.
Friday 27th June was an early start from Balloch to get to Ballinluig for 9.00am. As always, something goes amiss: I had a slow puncture and stopped twice to blow it up. I would change it at the meeting point at Ballinluig, so as not to hold everyone up. On arrival, I changed the wheel and had time for a cuppa and a blether with everyone before it was time for the off. Our head count was down on the usual summer jaunt, as there was the Register Coventry Weekend, while others had swanned off to go to that wee French “do” at Le Mans – also Register-led.
Never mind, we still had ten vehicles and occupants for our run up to the Isle of Skye. The roll call was: J Dunbar (special); I Macfarlane (special); I Drummond (special); G McGonigal / J Barbour (special); M Cartney (special); J & J Burgess (RMB); D O’Hare (1.5); P Babbs (chuck wagon – Ford Transit motorhome); A Macfarlane & Karen (modern); K & Ann Briggs (modern): all waiting for the 9.30 whistle for the kick-off .
We all set off at a leisurely pace westwards through Logierait on to the A827, turning right on to an unclassified road, just before the B898 and the bridge over the River Tay. We followed this road through Edradynate to Weem, where we joined the B846.
Turning north at Keltneyburn, keeping Schiehallion on our left hand side, we drove to Tummel Bridge, where we turned left for half a mile, before turning right to join the B847 for Trinafour. At this point, Gerry & Jim left our merry band to head home – they had been out for the day, unable to enjoy the full weekend. We said our goodbyes and turned left onto the unclassified road for Dalnacardoch on the A9.
North, over the Drumochter Pass to Dalwhinnie, turning left onto the A889 to Laggan. There we turned left on the A86, passing by Loch Laggan, then on to Roy Bridge to join the A82 at Spean Bridge, where we turned right to Invergarry for lunch.
At Invergarry, we turned left on to the A87, over the hill, past the Loch Loyne dam, and bore left at the junction with the A887, along past Loch Cluanie, down through Glen Shiel, past the Five Sisters of Kintail to Sheilbridge, then onto Inverinate. Here we turned right onto a small unclassified road signed Carr Brae road and view point. Carr Brae is a single track road high on thehills ide and we stopped to admire the lovely views over Loch Duich and Eilean Donan castle. Then we rejoined the A87 at Dornie, turning right for the Skye Bridge, driving on to Portree for the evening must-have fish supper. Well fed, we proceeded on the A87 to Borve and turning left on the A850 to Dunvegan, and headed for our campsite.
The next day was Saturday, a “do-as-you-please” day. Excluding myself, everyone went to Glen Brittle to see the Black Cuillins, on to Portnalong and back to the distillery at Tallisker for lunch. Afterwards, Jim and Iain went to book our evening meal at the Waterside Bistro, back at Dunvegan, then went to see the coral beach, while the others went to Skye’s most westerly point at Milovaig. I spent Saturday morning trying to find a garage to fix a puncture. Success, just at lunch time, in Broadford. As I was putting the wheel back on, my phone rang. It was Janet Burgess enquiring how I was. They were at Carbost, trying to get some lunch, but the hotel was too busy, so they said we could meet at Portree for lunch. After a stroll around the square in Portree, John and Janet left to go and see the coral beach.
I sallied forth to Elgol, to look up Loch Scavaig and see the Cuillins from the south – you are looking at the back of the range, on the left side is the Black Cuillins and on the right is Blabheinn, the Red Cuillin. Wonderful views, last seen twenty five years ago. Time was getting on and I had to hurry to Dunvegan for our Saturday evening meal at the bistro.
It was a fantastic evening – the meal, beer by Skye brewery, the company, craic, service, staff and surroundings. Just after midnight, the glorious sunset topped it all off. And a big plus – no midges to be had on Skye; no kidding! On Sunday everyone was up sharp, had breakfast and packed up ready to leave the campsite and head home on our return journey. The campsite is very good with all the amenities, very clean – highly recommended. We said our goodbyes and thanked Iain for his hard work putting it all together. We also said goodbye to Keith and Ann Briggs, as they were going on to Gairloch for a few days more.