Around and About -
Skye and Lochalsh
Plockton is handy to all the beauty of the Skye and Lochalsh region. There's wild mountains and gentle hills, bubbly burns, freshwater lochs and sealochs, deer, sheep and Highland cows, pastures and flowers, boats, pubs, whisky, villages, views in every direction, walking, hiking and climbing opportunities aplenty. And the friendliest people in Scotland!
Plockton is only 6 miles from the Isle of Skye. "Over the Sea to Skye" is still the way to go, but via the toll-free Skye Bridge.
Craft shops and cottage museums abound for those so inclined. The towns of Kyleakin,Elgol, Portree and Uig are pretty, and roundtrips by car or bus make a full and interesting day.
Look for the dramatic differences between the Red Cuillins and the Black Cuillans, and the stark beauty of The Quirang.
Walking on Skye is also famous and the mountains are breath-taking. Be aware though, that the weather can change dramatically and quickly, so prepare well and let someone know where you are walking.
One of the highlights of any Scottish trip must surely be a visit to a whisky distillery! The Talisker distillery is the only one on Skye. Talisker is located near the tiny village of Carbost on the western edge of Skye, about 1 1/2 hours gentle and delightful drive from Plockton. The whisky is peaty and seaweedy and truly splendid, the distillery tour is interesting and not as 'commercial' as some others. Don't miss it!
You may have passed Eilean Donan Castle if you drove to Plockton from the South or Inverness. It's the most photographed castle in the Highlands - for a reason. A stop for a tour or a snack is highly recommended - or just park and enjoy Loch Duart.
Just before there, drive past the Five Sisters of Kintail and over the top to Glenelg (my favourite spot (ed.))
A small car ferry still runs during summer, across the narrow Sound to Skye. It's a lovely wee trip, and the Skye jetty is reached from a fairly precipitous road. Highly recommended!
A couple of kilometres past Glenelg are two brochs. Brochs are Pictish 'buildings', quite common in the North and the Islands, which are fascinating to walk around and through. Their history and purpose are still being argued over by historians.
The Glenelg brochs are two of the best examples on the mainland.
Drive up the "Bealach na Ba " (Pass of the Cattle), passing Kishorn, to Applecross, and then follow the round route to Shieldaig and back via Torridon and Lochcarron (where the Loch Carron Weavers have tartan fabrics and products onsite). Loch Carron also has a wee golf course!
This is a wonderful 3-4 hour circular drive and the views of northern Skye from the top of the Bealach or up the western side of the Applecross Peninsula are fabulous on a clear day. Here's more...
Did you ever see a television show "Beachcomber Cottage", where Monty Hall lived for 6 months at Sand Bay on Applecross Peninsula? If so you'll surely recall the beauty and atmosphere of life on the west coast of Scotland.
Make a day of it and have a great bar lunch in Applecross!