Day 2 | Thursday, 13 July
Pictish Brochs, Five Sisters, Eilean Donnan & Attadale Gardens
We return to Skye, only to leave it again almost immediately,
across Kyle Rhea - the stretch
of water between Skye and the mainland at its narrowest point and
the traditional crossing used by cattle drovers taking their cattle
to market - on the Glenelg Ferry, the world's last remaining
turntable ferry! Glenelg is close to where Gavin Maxwell set his
book Ring of Bright Water and we are here to visit the
Glenelg Brochs - Dun Telve and Dun Troddan -
two of Scotland's best-preserved Iron Age Brochs.
From Glenelg we return towards Plockton, stopping to take in the wonderful views
of the Five Sisters of Kintail, to visit Eilean Donan Castle,
one of Scotland's most
iconic images. Situated on an island at the point where three great
sea lochs meet, the site has been inhabited since the 6th century and
fortified since the mid-13th century.
After lunch, at Eilean Donan, we drive to the shores of Loch
Carron, for a private guided tour of Attadale, the stunning garden
of artist and gardener, Nicky Macpherson. The gardens were created,
initially at least, by Baron Schroder in the late 19th century,
when some 20 acres/8 ha conifers and rhododendrons were planted
around the house and surrounding hillsides. However, the garden you
see today is largely the work of its owner, Nicky Macpherson, when
she transformed the garden after the devastating 1980 storms.
Nicky's daughter, Joanna Macpherson, has taken over much of the
day-to-day running of Attadale and will guide us around this
wonderful garden, before we all retire to their beautiful home, for
tea and biscuits.
We are just 30-minutes from Plockton, to where we'll return for
dinner at Plockton Shores and, afterwards, should
you fancy it, a night cap and some traditional music at the Inn.
Today's total driving is
about 70 miles/115 km