Testing my gear, resolve and some whisky on Skye

Over the late May bank holiday my sister and I took a wee trip up to Skye, which in addition to being a place we’ve always wanted to go to, was aimed at giving me an opportunity to test my packing skills and new kit. I’ll be camping for at least 7 weeks of my 9 week trip so this test was pretty important. The tent just about* stood up to the wind and rain, but I awoke with the cold a couple of times one night, so I’ll be taking the 4 seasons sleeping bag after all.

*Ande and I nearly got blown away at the campsite and had to find alternative accommodation on night 3, am not sure what this says about my resolve or my chances of surviving Iceland.

The Talisker distillery
The Talisker distillery

Skye is fabulous and although we barely scratched the surface in terms of the hikes we did we sample a good deal of local produce (crab, salmon, langoustines and Talisker).

TripAdvisor is really the place for restaurant reviews, mine are here:

I’d recommend the following at the absolute minimum if you’re visiting Skye:

  • Hike to the Quiraing
  • Visit Talisker and do the distillery tour
  • Hike around Sligachan (Black Cuillins, Red Cuillins or the Skye Trail along a river so less arduous)
  • Visit the Fairy Glen near Uig
  • Check out the live music at the Edinbane Inn

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