June 28, 2016

Talisker Bay, Isle of Skye

After the "big" Quiraing hike yesterday, we wanted today's activities to be a little easier, to let Frankie rest up for another big adventure later in the week.  We decided on the short hike to Talisker Bay, followed by lunch at The Old Inn in Carbost and a quick stop at the Talisker distillery, where I picked up a wee bottle to help sleep through the Highland nights, which have just a few hours of darkness this time of year.  Then we hopped in the car and drove to Dunvegan, where we spent the remainder of the afternoon exploring the castle and gardens.

We found this little hike on Walkhighlands and it was exactly what we were looking for.  It is 2.25 miles out-and-back, and it's in the bottom of the valley formed by the River Talisker, so is almost perfectly flat.  The hike follows a level-surfaced farm lane, which makes for easy walking, despite a few muddy potholes and the requisite sheep feces.  The trail passes through the tiny settlement of Talisker, from which two very friendly kitties emerged to greet us, thrilling Frankie beyond measure. The tide was high when we reached the beach, so we did not see the unusual black and white sand patterns that are exposed at low tide.  However, high tide meant a rocky beach, which translates to endless entertainment for Frankie. 

Preshal Mor looks inviting
red campion (Silene dioica)

there were peacocks lurking by the carpark when we returned
route map from Walkhighlands

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