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Crossing the Sound of Sleat

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Despite our 10 mins sleep in we ate a quick breakfast and pointed the Audi to Armadale for the 10am ferry to Mallaig. The crossing was a smooth 30 minutes on the deck with wonderful views of Skye in the background, Rum and Eigg to the right and Knoydart in the Western Ross mountains to our left. We did use the zips and hoods on our jackets to block some of the brisk wind off the water. Until 12:15 we explored the little port of Mallaig.
In Mallaig, our waitress at The Garden Tea Rooms was commenting on how cold it was today, she said she just could not get warm. I felt rather pleased as I still have not had that 'cant stand how cold it is feeling .... yet'. She said don't worry, it'll come after all this IS Scotland and we have all 4 seasons in one day. Our cottage is so heated we keep opening up windows to let some heat out and fresh air in.
Back at Armadale we looked around for a while then drove to Drunvegan and photographed the Ornsay lighthouse, went through Broadford, had a look at the Dun Beag, at Struan and the really good views of Loch Bracadale and Loch Caroy.
We remarked on Beinnn na Seamraig, Ben Aslak and Sgurr na Coinnich, which are easier on the eyes to view than to read or pronounce, on the way down to Armadale this morning. We could see Raasey on the way through Sconser this afternoon. The speedo clicked over 2000 miles during todays excursion.
An afternoon walk up the hill behind our cottages revealed more rabbits chasing each other through fields, running away from us, diving down burrows and under logs, up walls and over fences than I could Imagine. There were various sizes and ages with bobbing white bunny tails as they took off. A few simply sat and ate while keeping a wary eye on us.
Rob had his binoculars and he spied a number of different birds, we'll have to look up names at a later date. The sheep and lambs had relocated from chomping grass outside our sitting room window when we returned and were replaced with about 12 blackbirds, pecking for worms. So nature prevails here on the Isle of Skye, no matter where you are, land or sea.

Posted by DeniseUK15 20:22 Archived in Scotland

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