The Travelling Trooper Does Skye

The sad moment had finally come…we had to say goodbye to the MacLeods. Thankfully, we didn’t have to say goodbye to everybody. Anna and Yana asked if they could accompany us on our way to Skye. Obviously I said yes!

Now the plan had initially been to spend two days exploring Skye before heading off to Fort William, but we were more than happy to change our plans if it meant spending more time with these young ladies! And really, it kind of worked out nicely, because for the next few days, we got nothing but terrible weather. We weren’t going to get to enjoy Skye the way it was meant to be seen either way, so at least this way we had some company on our roadtrip!

The drive along Skye was beautiful. We stopped here and there to snap a few photos before arriving at the Ferry Pool.


It’s a short hike to yet another waterfall. However by the time we got to the start of the hike, it had started to rain. It was a wet and windy all the way there and back. Sometimes the wind got so strong that we had to plant our feet just to make sure we didn’t get blown away.


When we got to the end of the hike, there was a small group of guys who had come in their wet suits. They crawled into the water with their beers and made themselves comfortable. Rain be damned, they were living the right life.

On the walk back to the car, I damn near got a concussion. I tripped and stumbled forward, my arms waving maniacally, and I used every ounce of strength to regain my balance and make myself vertical again. My body contorted in ways that I was convinced it was no longer capable of.

I was certain that every step I took staggering forward was going to be my last. Then I saw that there was a 50 cm gap ahead, and I panicked even more! If I lost my balance before the gap, I’d surely smack my head right on the edge of the gap. If not, I’d probably shove my foot right into the gap and fall face forward into jagged rocks eagerly waiting to kiss me.

Either way, I was waiting for my life to flash before my eyes. It never happened, though. Instead, I became acutely aware of every inch of my body and its movements–my hips, legs, knees, neck, shoulders, arms–everything. It had to be a joint effort if we were going to get through this!

My right foot landed just past the gap, and I regained my balance, immediately bursting into uncontrollable laughter.

We finally arrived back at the car intact and changed into some dry clothes before driving on to Armadale, where we were going to catch the last ferry to Mallaig–our home for the night.


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