Land's End to John O'Groats Cycletouring Trip Part 2


Day 28 - Visit to Kilmuir and Dunvegan

I got up at 6:30am to get ready for the bus into Portree. There were loads of midges and I made my bid for freedom again to the old college for a quick wash and then on to the bus.

The Isle of Skye is not known for frequent busses, the bus timetables are very limited, especially on a Sunday. If you are travelling around here by bus you need to plan things well to avoid getting stranded on some part of the Isle you don't want to be on. Generally if you are basing yourself in Portree this is less of a problem, but I had to get myself back to Ostaig in Sleit.

My plan for today was to get back up to Kilmuir to see Flora McDonalds Memorial as this was something that we missed on the coach tour the other day. I then wanted to try and get over to Dunvegan to look at the castle. Looking at the timetables, there was a very limited choice of times. I would only have 10 minutes at Kilmuir if I wanted to pack everything in. If I missed the return bus I would have to wait another 2 hours for the next one.

Once dropped off at Kilmuir I sprinted up to the graveyard, made my way in carefully as the footpath was being rebuilt, took photos of the memorial with respectful calm control, and then sprinted back down to the main road again, just in time for the return bus to Portree.

After a 40 minute trek round Portree I jumped on the bus to Dunvegan. Here I visited the castle and boated out to see the many seals on the rocks. There was also a walled garden, a round garden and a water garden.

In Dunvegan itself I visited most of the shops. The Giant Angus McCaskill museum sticks in my mind. Angus was 7'9" tall and emigrated to Canada. Below is a picture of me and the model of Angus in the museum. Also is a photo of me and Chris Greener, Britains tallest man, at the TPC bash in Waltham Abbey, 2002. He is 7'6.25" tall.

I waited outside the Dunvegan Hotel with a small drink of cider for the bus back to take me back to Portree and then changing to get to Ostaig.



Photograph of Flora McDonald's Memorial in Kilmuir
Flora McDonald's Memorial in Kilmuir



Photograph of a close up view of the plaque on Flora McDonald's Memorial in Kilmuir
Flora McDonald's Memorial in Kilmuir



Photograph of Donald McDonald's Memorial in Kilmuir
Flora McDonald's Memorial in Kilmuir



Photograph of the entrance to Dunvegan Castle
Dunvegan Castle



Photograph of Dunvegan Castle, as viewed from the sea
Dunvegan Castle



Photograph of a garden at Dunvegan Castle
Dunvegan Castle Garden



Photograph of a seal sat on a rock covered with seaweed near Dunvegan Castle
One of the many seals near Dunvegan Castle



Photograph of the Giant McCaskill Museum in Dunvegan
The Giant McCaskill Museum in Dunvegan



Photograph of me standing next to the model of Giant McCaskill, inside the museum
Me standing next to the model of Giant McCaskill



Photograph of me and Chris Greener (Britains tallest man) at the TPC ball, Waltham Abbey 2002
Me and Chris Greener (Britains Tallest Man), at the TPC ball, Waltham Abbey 2002




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