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Scotland #15: The Road to Glasgow

Scotland #1: Welcome to Edinburgh!
Scotland #2: The View from Arthur’s Seat
Scotland #3: The View from Scott Monument
Scotland #4: Going Forth to Forth
Scotland #5: The Beauty of Fife
Scotland #6: Whisky Fail
Scotland #7: Defeat at Culloden
Scotland #8: Cawdor’s Not-So-Secret Garden
Scotland #9: The Loch Ness Loop
Scotland #10: The Road to Skye
Scotland #11: Old Man of Storr
Scotland #12: Pieces of Skye
Scotland #13: Rubha Hunish AKA The Hike from Hell
Scotland #14: Losing my Phone in Scotland and Other Adventures

The road to Glasgow was five hours long and filled with iconic Scottish scenery. We were supposed to hike through Glencoe, but my misadventures with my phone set us back. Plus, we had trouble finding the trail path. Plus, we were lazy. It was definitely one of those reasons.

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After leaving Skye, we stopped briefly at Eileen Donan Castle – the second visit of our trip. We wanted to take pictures without the deluge of rain.

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Next up was Glencoe, home to Ben Nevis, the UK’s tallest mountain at 4,409 feet. We didn’t get to see Ben Nevis, but we did get to see plenty of other mountains. We stopped at the famous Three Sisters of Glencoe: Gearr Aonach (Short Ridge), Aonach Dubh (Black Ridge), and Beinn Fhada (Long Hill).

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We were supposed to take a hike between the first and second sisters, but we were running out of time. Instead, we walked for a bit and collapsed in the grass for some desperately needed nap time.

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Lisa hates this picture, but I love it. The guy taking the picture was – I think the word is shocked – when I scooped Lisa off of the ground in my arms. For the record: This is not weird at all!

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Lisa could have stayed at Glencoe all day, but we wanted to get to Glasgow before dark. We headed south through Trossachs National Park, home to the beautiful Loch Lomond, the largest land-locked body of water in Great Britain. We didn’t have much time, but we managed to stop for a couple of photo ops.

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One hour later, we were in Glasgow – our final stop of our trip – and the end of driving on the left side of the road!

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Scotland #10: The Road to Skye

Scotland #1: Welcome to Edinburgh!
Scotland #2: The View from Arthur’s Seat
Scotland #3: The View from Scott Monument
Scotland #4: Going Forth to Forth
Scotland #5: The Beauty of Fife
Scotland #6: Whisky Fail
Scotland #7: Defeat at Culloden
Scotland #8: Cawdor’s Not-So-Secret Garden
Scotland #9: The Loch Ness Loop

As we headed west from Inverness to the Isle of Skye, we had a packed schedule ahead of us. We wanted to stop at Eileen Donan Castle, cross over onto the Isle of Skye, head south to sample a short hike, and then head north to our hotel in Portree, Skye.

Road to Skye

The road to Skye

Our first stop though was completely unexpected. Somewhere, between Inverness and Skye, we pulled over to a scenic outcrop overlooking a river. We followed the stairs down to the water and found a boarded path layered across the marsh. For a while, we were the only people there, soaking up the beautiful solitude. We walked, we we relaxed, and, of course, we took a bunch of pictures.

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We were about to head back to the car when I shouted, “Oh my god! Look at the reflection.” The sun had shifted, and the bright blue sky reflected perfectly in the river. Hello there pretty picture!

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By the time we reached Eileen Donan Castle, however, our bright blue sky had turned a murky grey.

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Ten minutes later, the sky opened up, and the rain descended. And descended. And descended.

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It became abundantly clear that our hike was not going to happen. After a short nap in the Eileen Donan cafe, we jumped in the car and headed to Skye. But we would not let a silly thing like a downpour get in the way of taking pictures. Lisa even bought an umbrella. I was not so smart.

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Here, we are just about to cross over the bridge to Skye.

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As we drove through Skye to our hotel in Portree, the rain refused to let up. We marveled at this intrepid biker.

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Sheeeeeep!

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After some harried driving in the pouring rain, we finally made it to Portree, the largest town on Skye.

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