Today we had a slightly more casual start, as we had a lot of walking to do! The plan was to drive up to and walk the Quiraing, then drive via Kilt Rock down to the Old Man of Storr and walk that too. In total that’s about 4 hours of walking according to the guides I found on the internet before we went. The weather forecast had changed a bit and it looked a bit more wet, but off we went anyway. Quiraing was a lovely walk. The path was narrow and there was a bit of a drop on one side of it, but it wasn’t that steep so we were both OK (kB is afraid of heights). The weather was really nice and the views were spectacular. We got hailed on very briefly as we reached the half way point but it soon passed.
The views were really epic and we could see for miles; so we could see all of the rain showering the other places in the distance.
We managed to walk the walk (Or “hike” as kB insists I must call it) in under 2 hours.
Just as we got back to the car it really really lashed it down with sleet, and it lasted for a good 5 minutes so we were glad we made it back to the car when we did – seems to be a bit of a theme for the holiday!
Next we drove to Kilt Rock, which was a bit disappointing because it was really hard to see the waterfall from the viewing platform, and it was pretty much impossible to photograph it from up there (Well, you can photograph it, but it’s at an awkward angle).
Then we set out to walk to the Old Man of Storr. This walk had a really steep uphill start which, for some reason, we ended up walking up really fast in hindsight.
Once up the starting path you go up some more step like rocks up to the Old Man itself. This was a lot easier to walk up!
Once at the top we took some photos, it started to snow, and then we set off back down. It was only as we were coming down that we realised just how far we had walked, and just how quickly we had marched up – no wonder I was tired.
We got back to the hotel pretty early, had a warm shower and a nap before going down for tea. The hotel does really great pizzas so we’ve had pizza two nights in a row now! hahaha not even sorry.
Tomorrow we have a really long drive through Scotland and then on to Bamburgh. I’m hoping that the drive down will be as epic as the drive up, especially as once we get to Fort William we are veering off to the East into unchartered Scottish territories so all of the views will be different!
We decided to go out at night to see the night sky. Boy was that a good move. So. Many. Stars.