Isle of Skye round up
Now I could easily tell you about how good the swimming was on Skye, (it was amazing and I am sure it will get mentioned more than once!), but I believe Paul and the guys had an equally amazing time too.
We left some incredible sunshine in Snowdonia with the hope that it might follow us and it dutifully did. Treated to a good mix of sweltering heat and just enough wind to keep the midges away everyone settled in to what was promising to be a cracking week. There was much talk of Munro ticking and when the Inaccessible Pinnacle got ticked in some mighty fine weather conditions, I was more than a little jealous of everyones achievements.
Obviously while all this climbing, scrambling, abseiling and elation is going on myself and Anne sought out the best beaches on Skye. Skye isn't renowned for it's white sands so I think we did exceptionally well, the sea swimming was crystal clear and so warm.
The weather turned mid week, despite still being warm it was wet and quite windy. Well timed for a rest and refuel before a boat ride over to Loch Corisk. The guys headed off into the mist to walk and climb their way up the Dubh Slabs and over into Glenbrittle. A real journey with plenty of 'Princess' moments so I was told! (I heard a rumour about a big abseil!!)
Loch Corisk was a real highlight of my Skye trip. The weather was bleak when we arrived and as the guys headed off the prospect of waiting several hours for a boat back felt desperate, in the howling wind and driving rain that started only minutes after we arrived on the shore. Once we found a nice shelter spot to get in I was so surprised to find the Loch warm, much warmer than the sea and the wonderful blue hue. It was sublime. So much so, that Anne and I swam for so long we only just made it back to the boat as it was preparing to leave without us!
I'm not too sure how fighting with plastic swords happened on the Cuillins Ridge, but I believe it has something to do with The Highlander. I don't recall hearing tales of how good the climbing on the Cioch was on the last day, but apparently they all have an amazing time up there!
A fabulous week, with really good company and truly wonderful weather. Thank you to everyone who came, I certainly can't wait to return next year!
If you are interested in Skye next year take a look at Paul's Skye page here