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 Post subject: Weekend in Skye
PostPosted: Tue Sep 17, 2013 10:12 pm 
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Just spent this last weekend up in Skye with parents. They're up there for 2 weeks, just the two of them but the first cottage they were staying in slept 4 and the second cottage could sleep 6 so they had plenty of spare room for a visitor :)
I wasn't sure about whether to go or not but they said they would pay for my petrol to get there and back and the fact that mum had asked so many times in the weeks leading up to them leaving if I was going that I really felt like she wanted me to go up.
So I did, and I'm very glad I did.

Headed up on the Friday. Which resulted in me accidentally getting the ferry to Skye. How can you accidentally get a ferry to Skye I hear you ask? Well, let me tell you.

Well, I considered looking at Google maps before I left and working out the way to go. Then I thought about using the satnav on my phone and the car phone charger to keep the battery topped up. But then as I was loading the car I noticed dad's satnav sitting in the hall downstairs. So I decided to use that.
First step was to plug it in in the car, turn it on and enter my destination. I entered the postcode of the first cottage, clicked navigate and it calculated my route.
At this point the satnav told me that the route involved toll roads, and asked if I would like to avoid them. I thought this meant it was definitely taking me across the bridge as it probably still thought there was a toll on the bridge (I don't know if there ever was but that was what I assumed) so I said I didn't want to avoid toll roads and off I set.

The drive was absolutely lovely, in the sun, past the hills of the highlands, the lochs, the beautiful scenery. Stopped to stretch my legs at a lovely wee spot with a wee river, took a couple photos on my phone, will get them uploaded at some point along with the photos from Skye itself.

So I drove on and on, before finally being directed to the 2nd exit of a roundabout in Mallaig at which point I thought, "This doesn't look like it goes anywhere except the harbour." At which point the satnav merrily announces, "Take the ferry". "Nooooo," I cry, "not the ferry!"

So I leave the harbour, find somewhere to park and use my phone to check google maps for directions to the bridge. I had been planning to maybe take the ferry on the way back but was not wanting to take it on the way there and was just wanting to get to Skye by this point. However on checking Google maps it became obvious that though it wasn't far as the crow flies to the bridge, to get there by car it was a rather long way as there is a big wilderness with no roads between Mallaig and the bridge. A 3½ hour drive it would have been, which was almost as long as it had taken me to get from home to Mallaig in total. And so the ferry it had to be.

It actually worked out alright though as the day I came back the weather was pretty foul so the ferry wouldn't have been as nice without being able to sit up on the top deck in a tshirt (I was kinda wishing I'd grabbed a jumper from the car but it wasn't too bad :P) and enjoy the view. I rather enjoyed the ferry to be honest and it made it feel properly like I was going on holiday :)

Plus the timing was spot on. I drove back down to the harbour, parked in place for boarding the ferry (it was about 16:40 on a friday evening, out of 6 lanes for ferry boarding waiting by the time the ferry boarded only 2 of them were full (the rest were empty) so there was plenty of space aboard the ferry. I went in to buy my ticket, asked when the next ferry actually was - turned out it was in 20 minutes with boarding in 5-10 minutes. Bought my ticket, walked back to the car, gave the guy my ticket, sat in car for about 3 minutes or so and then we were boarding the ferry.
By the time the car was parked and I'd bought a snickers and got to the top deck of the ferry we had started moving out of the port. So it wasn't much waiting at all.

The crossing took about 15 minutes or so and then I was only 7 miles away from the cottage. So all in all it actually worked out pretty well.

More stories from Skye to follow soon.

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