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Sunday, 23 October 2016

Touring Scotland with the EV - Day 12 - 13

Days 12 - 13 (Thursday, 13th - Friday 14th October)

I went for a walk on Thursday morning from our cottage in Ord to the beach at Tokavaig and on to Tarkavaig where I met up with Alan in the car and we drove on to Isleorasy.

Arriving back at Ord early in the evening.

Friday was our last full day on Skye and we experienced the first rain we have had. Just a little during the early morning leaving us time to get out and about later in the day.

We returned to Broadford for a little shopping and then back to some of the beaches near the cottage where I took photos of my Lily Pond blanket I had just finished making. 

Then back to the cottage to pack ready for an early start the next day and our trip to the Isle Of Harris.

Thanks for looking
Lynn x

Touring Scotland with the EV - Day 11

Day 11 (Wednesday, 12th October)

Travelled to the north of the Island today for a good look at several different places. Our aim being to get to Glendale where we were promised lots of local crafts including weavers of Harris Tweed. 

On the way into the village we found Colbost Croft Museum and stopped off to have a have a look at this fascinating piece of history - life of the crofters in the 19th Century. 

There was a little shed where you paid your entrance fee of £1.50, add your name to the visitors book and take your own ticket. This event needs it's own blog post, which I will try to get around to doing later!

We went on into the village looking for Red Roof Cafe Gallery which was highly recommended - but saw a sign saying it was closed for the season. 

photo from Red Roof Cafe website
We found a real treasure of a cafe for lunch called at Cafe Lephin which also had a display of local craft work, and the most delicious lunchtime snacks and a very cosy atmosphere.

photo from Trip Advisor
We have been amazed throughout this trip at the number of post offices and post boxes in the remotest of places, compared to our experience at home. We no longer have a post office in Crayford at all!

We took a ride up the hill where the Red Roof Cafe was situated and stopped for a couple struggling across the road with some chickens, - it was the couple from the cafe, they were moving the chickens to a new home for the winter season, but stopped to chat about the business and life on Skye. They hold workshops and fitness events in the cafe in winter.

Our next stop was Skye Weavers, from the sign on the side of the road I followed a steep track down hill to find a cottage and a series of workshops.  It is a small weaving and sewing business buying woollen thread to weave into cloth on their pedal powered loom. I was taken through the whole process starting with threading the loom up to weaving some scarves - I even had a go myself. 

Last stop at Glendale was a place called Dragonfly Studio. The friendly owner, her family and friends made everything sold in the shop, including knitting & crochet, sewing, jewelery and wood turning. 

A crafty day in a beautiful place.

Thanks for looking
Lynn x

Saturday, 22 October 2016

Touring Scotland with the EV - Day 10

Day 10 (Monday, 11th October)

A visit to Broadford today in search of a craft shop called 'The Handspinner Having Fun'.
A wonderful shop full of hand spun and dyed wool as well as hand knitted gifts. The owner, Bev Scholefiled told me about her work and showed me all different types of wool and patterns .
Handspinner Having Fun
Hand knitting for sale
Skeins of hand spun wool
I selected a skein from this bunch - so hard to choose
Beautifully wrapped
Carefully unwrapped

A little card to remind me the breed of sheep my wool came from
I chose a pattern called 'Cullin Sunset' for an asymmetrical wrap.

Starting the project off
The finished wrap

Thanks for looking
Lynn x

Friday, 21 October 2016

Touring Scotland with the EV - Day 9

Day 9 (Monday, 10th October)

A trip to Armadale today at the southern end of the Sleat Peninsular where there is a ferry terminal to Mallaig on the mainland, we decided it might be a good idea to go home via this ferry rather than retracing our steps over the bridge when the time comes, it also takes us further south.

Ferry Terminal
Lunch at The Shed
Ragamuffin Craft Shop
Clan Donald Centre - Stables Restaurant
Armadale Castle Ruin - Gardens
At the end of the day a long walk near to where we were staying.

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Lynn x

Touring Scotland with the EV - Day 8

Day 8 (Sunday, 9th October)

Travelled to Portree the main town on Skye today as we wanted to have a look around, but also needed to find the chargers there, this would make or break our being able to travel on to Harris next week. It's a bit like a treasure hunt, searching for the chargers on the Zap-Map app on the phone, using maps and/or the Sat Nav in the car and spotting the pump when you arrive at the post code! As you can see from the photo below we found the pump and it was working! There is also another in the same town so we knew we could continue with our plans.

We found The Granary a coffee shop & restaurant where we were able to enjoy lunch outside. 

We stopped at a pretty spot called Sligachan on the route back to the cottage. It is very popular with photographers, artists and walkers.

We also visited a place called Isleornsay which is near the turn off to the long and winding, narrow, single track road to our cottage.

Thanks for looking
Lynn x

Touring Scotland with the EV - Day 7

Day 7 (Saturday, 8th October)

From Loch Ness we headed west towards The Isle of Skye where we had booked a self catering cottage at Ord for the next week. 

The total journey for the day was about 85 miles and with a fully charged car we knew we had no problem, but hoped to top the car up at Shiel Bridge near Loch Duich and not far from the Skye Bridge. However this charge point was not working, so we pressed on knowing there was another on Skye at Broadford. This charge point had not been connected to the system yet so we did some food shopping and drove on to our accommodation, where we had arranged with the owner to be able to charge the car. 

MacGregor Cottage, Ord was to be our home for the week. Such a remote and peaceful place to spend a week. Sheep and cows are everywhere on the grassy/rocky hillocks and there are some amazing views surrounding the cottage and beyond. The cottage  has a Scandinavian feel inside as it is wood lined throughout with it's open-plan living area. Follow the link to see photos of the inside.

in the back garden

on the path out of the village

It was great to know we had a week at one base and not to need to get up early to move on.
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Lynn x

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Touring Scotland with the EV - Day 6

Day 6 (Friday, 7th October)

Nearly at the end of our first eventful week travelling to and around Scotland. Today we left the most comfortable B&B yet (not that we have had a bad one). Over breakfast of scrambled egg with smoked salmon the owners of Sealladh Sona (peaceful View) explained they had been visited only the day before by the undercover hotel inspector and retained their four star rating. 

We drove down the west bank of Loch Ness to Drumnadrochit, just 15 miles away, stopping to take photos on route. 


An interesting few hours in the Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition, we had coffee in the  hotel there looking out over Loch Ness.

We took a little drive out to Glen Urquhart passing Loch Meiklie, and these are some of the locals!

Back into Drumnadrochit to the Information Centre and car park to charge the car. We did have a problem with the charger here, luckily we were able to charge at the next B&B, but we would have had enough to get us to the next charge point on route to Skye the next day.

Another excellent B & B, with a great room and friendly staff -Woodlands Guest House.
From here we walked to The Loch Ness Inn Hotel and Restaurant for an evening meal.

Loch Ness Inn
Thanks for looking
Lynn x