Exploring the Isle of Skye

Published: 09/4/15 7:05 PM in Europe, Merevin Wedding, Travel.
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As Kevin and I initially planned our honeymoon to England and made the decision to also venture up to Scotland, we realized that we had to decide what our priority would be while there. What was it that we ultimately wanted to see?

After a bit of thought, we decided that while in Scotland, we primarily wanted to see the landscapes that set this part of the world apart from the rest. And although the entire country of Scotland can be deemed to possess other worldly beauty, it is often said that the terrain of the Isle of Skye is a pinnacle of beauty. In light of this fact and driven by the desire to do some hiking, Kevin and I made it a priority to spend some time on the Isle of Skye while we toured Scotland.

Although the Isle of Skye is relatively small, there is so much to see one could easily spend a week or more there exploring the many hikes throughout the mountains of the area. We only allotted ourselves one full day to see as much as we could and were sad to say goodbye when it was time. There was so much more to see, we know we will have to return one day.

Driving through the Quiraing on the Isle of Skye during a honeymoon through Scotland.

Meredith Lambert Banogon and Kevin Banogon prepare to face the elements while driving around the Isle of Skye.


Battling the Elements of Scottish Weather

The weather in Scotland is famous for being rainy and unpredictable. It is one of the romanticized elements that make the highlands the perfect setting for dramatically tragic love stories and haunted mysteries. While we were expecting to encounter the rain and cold wind that is typical of this region, we were caught a bit off guard by some particularly nasty weather. Weather that included very strong gusts of wind and a constant haze of rain that even the locals admitted was nastier than usual.

However this unpleasant turn in the weather didn’t dampen our spirit! We had one day to explore the Isle of Skye and we would be damned if we didn’t try to do as much as possible with our time. Unfortunately the weather did cause us to miss a few things we had planned to do. One of which was hiking to the Fairy Pools of Glen Brittle. I still hope to return one day.


Visiting Kilt Rock and Mealt Falls while driving along the Isle of Skye.

Sheep roaming the rolling hills of the Isle of Skye.

Kevin Banogon poses in the Quiraing during a drive through the Isle of Skye.


Driving around the Isle of Skye

Renting a car was one of the best decisions we made for our journey throughout Scotland since there really was no other way to see everything we wanted to see without one. This is especially true for our time in Skye. With our limited time, we got to visit some amazing things even with the flight against the inclement weather.

The weather also was an added bonus at one of our stops to see Kilt Rock and Mealt Falls. The openings in the rock formation of Kilt Rock create a whistling sound when wind passes through them. The stronger the wind, the louder the whistling. Lucky for us, the rock was whistling as loud as it could for our visit.

Driving also allowed us to take our time driving through the Quiraing and, even though we did not get to do any hiking, the misty views from the road were still beautiful. In fact, despite the low visibility, we were both still in awe of the beauty of the Isle of Skye.


A beautifully rainy day in the Quiraing during a drive through the Isle of Skye.

A view over the homes on the Isle of Skye seen during a honeymoon in Scotland.

A small cemetery on the Isle of Skye off the road around the island.

Kevin Banogon and Meredith Lambert Banogon enjoy their honeymoon in Scotland as they drive around the Isle of Skye.

The beautiful view of Scotland along the hike to the Old Man of Storr.


A Windy Hike to The Old Man of Storr

One of the main hikes we wanted to do while on the Isle of Skye was the hike to the Old Man of Storr. This hike is old of the most famous on Skye and, with good visibility, presents amazing views in all directions. So despite the weather, Kevin and braved at least a portion of the hike even though we had no idea of how close we actually got to the famous summit.

The wind and cold made the hike a bit more intimidating since there were some steep points along the way. However, even with the rain blocking out most of the jagged beauty of the landscape, the hike was beautiful. Of course we encountered some sheep along the way which made the entire experience feel even more Scottish.

Overall the hike was still beautiful and worth braving the weather. Although we do wish we could have truly visited the Old Man of Storr and seen exactly how massive he is.


A rainy afternoon hike to the Old Mano of Storr during a honeymoon through Scotland.

Kevin Banogon hikes to the Old Man of Storr on the Isle of Skye in Scotland.

Roaming sheep on the Isle of Skye along the hike to the Old Mano of Storr.

Meredith Lambert Banogon poses during a hike to the Old Mano of Storr on the Isle of Skye.


Staying in Portree

During our time in Skye we made Portree our home base and stayed at the lovely Marmalade Hotel. Although we didn’t spend too much time in the actually town of Portree due to the fact that we had limited time, it was a charming place that made me wish we could stay longer.

As the largest town on the Isle of Skye, Portree has a beautifully colorful harbor where you can find some great fish and chips, and is home to the professional Quidditch team the ‘Pride of Portree’ as stated in Quidditch Through the Ages. The town was centrally located and made it easy to venture out to the many edges of the Isle of Skye with little time wasted.


Portree is the capital of the Isle of Skye and a great place to stay during a honeymoon in Scotland.

Kevin Banogon and Meredith Lambert Banogon enjoy their final day in Portree on the Isle of Skye during their honeymoon.


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