Second part of the photo dump from Wales : )
Today we spent the day in Llanberis (North Wales). There were a few things we all wanted to see, including the lone tree, the castle and a big sword.
The weather wasn’t great overnight and into the morning, so it was a late-ish start.
We parked up, surprised at how few cars were in the parking lots. We’d circled around enough of the car parks looking for the cheapest – so we’d manage to form a fairly clear picture.
Once we’d found the lone tree, and stopped off in the Lone Tree cafe for a break (very nice soup and chips!) we set off back up the lake to see the castle, then a waterfall, and then walk up Snowdon a tiny bit – by this time it was pretty late in the day and the sun sets at 5ish, so it was time for home before it got dark.
On the final day, the flight back wasn’t until the afternoon. We left the airBnB early enough to leave time to go and visit the sights on Vagar (The island with the airport on it) before going to the airport.
The first stop off was the Trollfinger. It is signposted and there is a (very) small car park at the end of a very pot-holey road. Then there was a path to the view point. All very nice and easy to get to.
The second stop off was at the Nix horse statue. A nix is a water creature that can transform into any shape.
The third and final stop off was at the waterfall from earlier in the week – where there was no mist! Hurray!
And then it was back to Edinburgh and back home!
This was the second attempt to get to Kalsoy, the first day we had got up for the 8am ferry the day before but decided when we got there that the weather wasn’t great and we didn’t want to waste a trip.
This time the weather was much better, but we were unsure if the hike would be free or not. Some reports on the internet were saying you had to pay for it, some were saying you didn’t…. so we just turned up and hoped for the best.
The 8am ferry was pretty empty – as you would expect. I think the ferry can fit about 17 cars on it, but that is a close fit! There were about 7 cars on the outbound ferry.
We drove to the top of the island, and saw a message at the start of the hike – it said to be careful and enjoy the hike and if you enjoyed it to leave a donation in the box. Hurray! It was a free hike (with optional tip).
The hike was easy, although really muddy in places. You hike around the mountain not over it, so it was pretty straight forward as there is a clearly visible route to follow. The sign at the start asks that you stick to the path.
When we got to the lighthouse it was super, duper windy – so windy that I couldn’t walk out to the view point to take the photo I wanted! We walked back and visited the other two villages on the island, before heading back to the ferry port queue.
The ferry times are odd and the ferry’s stop going from the island at 1020, and don’t start again until 310, so we had a bit of a wait! We were in the queue for about 12, and by 1 it was clear there were more than 17 cars waiting for the 310 ferry – so a trip to Kalsoy is a trip you have to plan!
On day 3 it was sunny sunny sun sun sun. We decided to drive around some of the towns on Eysturoy, following the buttercup routes that we didn’t do on day 1. We then drove to Streymoy an visited some of the towns on there, including Saksun (above).
Saksun has 8 people living there, and one of them is clearly annoyed by the number of tourists visiting – around the church there were signs saying that if you trespassed he would phone the police.
After visiting the two main islands, given the nice weather, we decided to do the walk to Sørvágsvatn. Which is another walk you have to pay to do. The temperature on this day was 20 degrees, and kB got a little bit sun burnt – even though he had suntan creme on.
Driving around the Faroe Islands is really lovely, there isn’t much traffic at all and the roads are in really good repair. The only problem (and I use that term loosly) is that everything is so spaced out!
As much as a lot more people are vising the Faroe Islands, it still isn’t busy by any stretch of the imagination.
Buttercup routes are the more scenic routes on the Faroe Islands. They are labelled with a little buttercup so you know where they are when you are driving along.
Due to a lack of water, the waterfall wasn’t at it’s peak!
But it was also the only day where we got to see the sun actually set, so that was nice!
On the second day we had paid to go on a hike to Drangarnir. This hike has been closed to the public by the landowner, and the only way to do it is to pay for an approved guide to take you on either Wednesday, Saturday or Sunday.
As we left the house in the morning it was very misty, but as we had paid we went to the meeting point. There were quite a few people there already and we parked up and waited for the guide to turn up. Rather un-optimistically the guide said that we would set off and “see what we could see”. He was optimistic that we would be able to see the sea stacks up close, but wasn’t so sure that we would be able to see the sea stacks from afar.
The hike across (You walk around the edge of the cliff rather than over the top) wasn’t too great in terms of views. This could have had something to do with the mist, or maybe not. However when we hiked up the first cliff and got to the top… We could see the sea stacks – hurray!
We had a mini break to take some photos and have a snack before carrying on the sea stacks.
The closer we got to the sea stacks, the more the mist cleared. Eventually a bit of blue sky broke through.
We got to spend enough un-rushed time around the main view point that we could grab photos and have a bit of a rest.
For the way back we got to go on a boat!
By the time the boat had returned to the harbour the sky was totally blue! We decided to go to try and see Múlafossur Waterfall, which was on the same island and only about a 10 minute drive away.
When we went through the tunnel and came out of the other side…. It was soooo misty! The rest of the Faroe Islands was bathed in sunlight!
Despite the rather miserable weather forecast we decided to head out anyway. If we didn’t go out we would only end up sat in a house watching TV and that seems a bit pointless to pay to do so. With raincoats on, off we went into the drizzle.
By the time we had gotten to the start of the walk, the weather had cleared up and in places there was even some blue sky. At one point we could actually see Coniston lake, something we hadn’t seen all morning.
When we made it to the top it was so cloudy that we couldn’t see anything. Then we made a mistake, which was to try and get down using another route. In hindsight we should have just gone down the way we came, but we didn’t know that the cloud was hanging a lot lower on the other side.
It took an age to find the start of the side path down, and we were getting a bit grumpy by this point. I could hear rushing water and I suspect had the cloud not been so thick we would have seen some nice waterfall action. As it was we just had to be careful on the slipper stones as we made our way down.
After what felt like an age we made it onto a path and we could have kissed the ground we were so happy. What should have been a nice afternoon 3 hour hike had turned into a 6 hour mission, but at least the end was near – and we limped back to the apartment.
We made it out for pizza for tea. Had an early night then went home the next day because it was raining again!
After being bored for a bit, I decided to book an impromptu mini break to the Lake District.
Last time when I went on my own I went to Buttermere. This time I decided to stop at Coniston. First thing on the agenda was to drive to a pub near the Quarry and get some lunch, before then heading down to the quarry.
We then went to Tom Gill waterfall as we couldn’t check into the house we were stopping at until later in the afternoon.
It rained all afternoon and the forecast didn’t look much better for the next day when I had planned a rather long walk…
The rain had stopped – hurray! And we went to a gorge. I do love a good gorge.
It was a nice walk up the gorge with some waterfalls along the way.
Once at the top we went up to the monastery and had a currywurst.
It was an Austrian bank holiday, so it was perhaps busier than usual for a Thursday in May, but still it wan’t that busy at all.