Skye, the beautiful

It's our last day in Scotland (sob), and after the challenge of three big hiking days on the West Highland Way, we opted to spend it ... well, mostly sitting. In a car.

But for good reason! Meredith and I had booked a private tour from the walk's ending point of Fort William to the Isle of Skye, about a three-hour drive away. We knew it'd be a long day round-trip, but since the island is supposed to be rather mythically beautiful, we wanted to squeeze in a little taster.

John from Highland Scenic Tours picked us up and entertained us throughout the drive with stories of his days climbing mountains all over the world and fighting the IRA during his days in the military. He had reinvented himself as a tour guide 18 months ago after a lifetime of adventure all over the world, and now loves showing off his own country to tourists. Quite a character!

We did the East Loop tour, visiting the Skye capital of Portree, Kilt Rock Waterfall (which drops directly into the sea), and the Quiraing summit, where we enjoyed lovely views of the isle below. Beautiful scenery indeed. I was very grateful to tick another destination off of my bucket list, however short the stay was.

But the best part of today was actually not on Skye itself, but on the drive up, when we stopped at Eilean Donan Castle. A 13th century castle, set where three lochs meet, gloomy and mysterious and beautiful on the cloudy day that it was. It's the setting for scenes in Highlander and The World is not Enough, among many others, and we had fun - as they say - storming the castle. A little bit of history and a little bit of Scotland, and an overall great way to wrap up an amazing Scottish week.

Slange va, Scotland. Until next time!