Speed Bonnie Boat…

A few things I've learned over the last 10 days or so...

  • Skye is an amazingly beautiful place
  • It's a lot further to the Quiraing than the guidebook suggests
  • It's a lot steeper up to the Old Man of Storr than the guidebook suggests
  • The base of the Old Man of Storr is about the same altitude as the fast jet flypasts - you will get a fright
  • Loch Lomond is the largest loch in Scotland by surface area
  • Loch Morar is the deepest
  • Loch Ness the biggest by volume (in fact Loch Ness contains more water than all the Lakes in England and Wales combined)
  • Loch Ness can be seen from space. I have no idea if this is true - it was postulated by my wife in support of her (incorrect) claim that Loch Ness was longer and wider than Loch Lomond. However, it did lead us to wonder if there's a list somewhere of things that can be seen from space (like, supposedly, the Great Wall) [Update: There is]
  • The Inaccessible Pinnacle is the only Munro that can only be reached by rock climbing (probably putting paid to any chance I have of ever joining the elite group of Munroists)
  • Eilean Donan Castle is gorgeous
  • By my reckoning there are (far) more churches on Skye than there are pubs
  • 1500 miles is an awful long way in an elderly VW camper
  • On a number of occasions I found we were being followed by a breakdown truck and I couldn't help thinking this was in poor taste and somewhat akin to ambulance chasing


Sadly, the camper van has been sold (on the way back in a service station on the M1 believe it or not) so Skye was her swan song (for us at least).

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Comments (5)
  1. Ian Cooper says:

    Did you go to the Talisker distillery in Skye?

  2. MikeO [MSFT] says:

    Sadly not Ian though we went past it on our way to Glenbrittle. Gemma wasn’t so keen on a visit to the distillery. We did enjoy the local brew though… 🙂

  3. Peter Ferry says:

    Mike, can’t believe you came all the way up to Skye and didn’t pop in to Edinburgh to visit us 🙂 And you’ve sold the van!

  4. MikeO [MSFT] says:

    Would love to have gone via Edinburgh Peter but as you well know it’s on the wrong side of the country – we were lucky to make it as it was!

    Yes, the van had to go. We’d been hoping to move house by now to somewhere with a suitably large garage but that’s not happened and I don’t intend to watch her perforate before my eyes because we can’t shelter her from the elements!

    Sad day today – the new owners are on their way to pick her up…

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