Isle of Skye 3- whisky

There was so much beauty and awesomeness on the Isle of Skye, that I needed to break it up into multiple posts!  Welcome to the third and final installment of my adventures on the Isle of Skye!

 

If you missed the other parts, visit the pages below. They need not be read in order.

Isle of Skye Part 1- Pipe Band

 

Isle of Skye Part 2- Faeries

Over the Sea to Skye

 

waterfall on isle of skye scotland

 

The lack of trees in the highlands surprised me until I realized that at a certain altitude, most trees do not grow.  It’s not the shortage of carbon or energy, it’s the shortage of the number of warm days that can build cellular structure.  Some experts say that trees would be more likely to grow at high altitudes if they did not shade themselves.

 

Skye bridge

The Skye bridge.  Learn more about Skye by visiting the official page.

 

Of course, with all this talk of Skye, I have “The Skye Boat Song” (often called “over the sea to skye”) stuck in my head.  Were I home and had access to my instruments, I would have recorded a version for you all!  Since that is not the case, I shall provide you with this link (click here), lyrics to the chorus, and a short blurb about the tune:

Chorus:
 
Speed, bonnie boat, like a bird on the wing,
Onward! the sailors cry;
Carry the lad that’s born to be King
Over the sea to Skye.
 
Loud the winds howl, loud the waves roar,
Thunderclouds rend the air;
Baffled, our foes stand by the shore,
Follow they will not dare.

 

After the Jacobite rising was defeated, Bonnie Prince Charlie needed to escape and was stuck on Skye with all sorts of folk looking for him.  Flora MacDonald –the wise lass– disguised the prince as a serving maid and brought him from Skye to the mainland via a small boat.  The full story can be read on the Wikipedia page for Flora MacDonald.  This tune is often performed as an instrumental.

the grave of Flora MacDonald Isle of Skye Scotland

The grave of Flora MacDonald.

 

 Whisky

Of course, no trip to Scotland is complete without a whisky tasting!

The Scots write whisky as such, as do the Canadians and Japanese.  It’s the Irish and Americans that add the “e” in whiskey.  Visit this page (click here) to become a whisky/whiskey expert!

 

talisker whisky isle of skye distillery

 

I personally am not a huge fan of the smoky, peaty flavo(u)r that a number of people love about scotch whisky.  However, I still adore tasting things (and sharing tastings)!  So much so, that I purchased a scotch tasting trio from the Talisker Distillery.

  • Have you ever tried Talisker? Do you have a favorite scotch whisky you would like to share?
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Isle of Skye 2- faeries

There was so much beauty and awesomeness on the Isle of Skye that I needed to break it up into multiple posts!

If you missed the first post, click here for Isle of Skye Part 1- pipe band

 

Faerie Glen

 

Faerie glen

Faerie Glen on Isle of Skye.  Click here for more info from trip advisor

 

We had ample time to discover the natural beauty of Skye with a bit of hiking, overlook stops for photography, and since the weather was so nice we even had a picnic lunch at faerie glen.

 

black cuillin craft beer isle of skye

I have a love for craft beer, especially when it’s local.  Black Cuillin was quite tasty, and from Skye!  

Click here for more info about Isle of Skye Brewing

 

faerie glen circle

This is where the wishes were made.  See the video below for more information.

 

However, faeries aren’t just nice happy creatures that grant wishes and are beautiful and magical.  They can be quite conniving, cunning, tricksy beings.  There will be more Scotland-based posts in the future and I’m certain there will be at least one faerie story in there.

 

See my video tour of faerie glen! (click here if you’d prefer a new window)!

 

Faerie Pools

 

There was also visit to (and swim in- if we dared) the faerie pools.  To get there by car, take the road towards Glen Brittle.  Park in the Glen Brittle parking lot.  Across the road, there is a clear path that leads to the pools. Stay to the right.


                     faerie pools isle of skye scotland

 

faerie pools isle of skye scotland 

Natural spring water straight from the mountains, fancy a swim?
–what, we can swim?  cool!
…..wait, but I have no suit!

So go in your underwear!
–ummm… ok- sure, why not?
–OH! OH! OH! It’s cold!- it’s cold! -it’s coooold!

Well, duh- it’s natural spring water straight from the mountains, like I said.

 

faerie pools isle of skye scotland

 Huzzah! I was even able take a faerie shower in the waterfall (barely visible in the back left of this photo)

 

faerie pools isle of skye scotland

The water was so crystal clear, it was almost magical

 

The story* of The Old Man of Storr

(In scottish gaelic: ‘Bodach an Stòrr’)

Old man of storr Isle of Skye

 The Old Man of Storr.  The rock formation can be seen just to the right of the tall cliffs.  

A man and his wife would walk to the top of a hill on Skye every evening.  One day, he realized that they had both been growing old- and her most of all.  She was becoming unable to join him in the climb up the hill.  The fairy folk who had watched them go up every evening had offered the old man the chance to always have his wife with him wherever he went.  The old man accepted the offer but the fairy folk tricked them and turned them both into pillars of rock, ensuring that they would indeed always be together.

 

NOTE TO SELF: when making a deal with the faeries, always  be EXTREMELY clear in your side of the “bargain.”

* note that is is only ONE of the many stories of the Old Man of Storr, but it is the one we were told on our journey.

 

To visit my next post, click here- Isle of Skye Part 3- Whisky!

  • Do you believe in faeries? Have you any stories of the fae, pixies, sprites, or the Good Folk?  Share in the comments!
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