Saturday, 2 December 2017

UK-Paris Day 8: Mealt Falls, Fairy Pools & Nevis Bank Inn

As usual, we woke up early at 6am and had breakfast at The Bosville Hotel's Dulse & Brose Restaurant.

Window seat at Dulse & Brose, overlooking Loch Portree and Portree Harbour
Morning breakfast is served! I had Scottish Breakfast while the hubby had salmon

As usual, breakfast was tasty but maybe not as impressive as the breakfast we had yesterday at Loch Ness Inn.

We checked out of the hotel after breakfast and headed out to do some sightseeing I'm Isle of Skye.

Although Old Man of Storr was one of the main attractions in Isle of Skye, we decided to give it a miss because it required a lot of hiking.

Instead, we headed to Mealt Falls, located just 25 minutes away from Portree.

Mealt Falls
(Address: Portree IV51 9JE, UK)
The wind was blowing so strong that we couldn't stay there for long even if we wanted to
The history of the area and how the rocks were formed
This site was also where many dinosaur fossils were discovered

We left after 5 minutes because we couldn't stand the freezing cold winds! Our next stop was the very famous The Fairy Pools, approximately 1 hour away from Mealt Falls.

Passed a highland cow, who was finally close enough for me to take a picture
Lots of sheep found along the roads in Scotland so watch out for them when driving

You would need to park at the Fairy Pools Car Park and hike for about 45 minutes (one way) to The Fairy Pools.

Look out for this Fairy Pools signboard
Fairy Pools Car Park
(Address: Glenbrittle, Isle of Skye IV47 8TA, UK)
Fairy Pools is located somewhere within the smaller mountain on the left


The start of our 45-minute hike to Fairy Pools
(you can sort of see the winding pathway that leads to the mountains)
You'd need to hop over slippery rocks along the way so be sure the folks in your travelling party can handle this before deciding whether or not to hike.
My mum and girl had no issues with assistance from the hubby and I 😊
Enjoying River Brittle along the way as we hiked

We had hiked for almost 40 minutes before it started raining and made the path too slippery for the mum and girl to hike any further. The hubby went ahead to see how far we still had to hike and realised that it was still a distance away (although I'm quite sure that it should be at most 10 minutes away). We were so disappointed that we came so close but could not reach our destination 😣

Thankfully, we got to see a snippet of the emerald green waters that The Fairy Pools was famous for! It looked just like the smaller version of The Fairy Pools! Too bad it was winter otherwise I would have been tempted to jump in! *laughs*

This was the furthest we hiked to
(you can see the hubby's figure at the top trying to scout the road ahead)
Not as big as The Fairy Pools but looked just as serene and beautiful!
So proud of the mum and girl for making it so far!

Although we didn't make it to The Fairy Pools, we had no regrets. It was a nice hike where we got to admire the beautiful world that God has created 😄

We decided to head straight to our accommodation for the night, located approximately 2.5 hours.

Along the way, we stopped at Cafe Sia for a late lunch. We didn't realise it but Cafe Sia is one of the food places highly rated by Trip Advisor! The hubby is really good at choosing good food without even planning to!

Cafe Sia
(Address: Ford Road, Isle of Skye IV49 9AB, UK)
We enjoyed their beef and brownie
My girl just loves macaroni and cheese so we ordered it yet again!

We continued on our journey to Ben Nevis, Britain's tallest mountain. By now, the sun was already low on the ground and we spent most of the journey with no light except for the light of our own car! The winding road through the mountains without light at high speeds of more than 100km/h was a challenge! Don't attempt this if you've never driven with no light or winding roads before. It's really not for the faint of heart!

Thankfully, the hubby is a pro at driving on such roads, having driven so many times in Malaysia and Australia =D

We finally saw the light from the town and  arrived safely at Nevis Bank Inn.

Nevis Bank Inn
(taken in the day)
(Address: Belford Rd, Fort William PH33 6PF, UK)

We booked the Double Double Room via the hotel's website at £125 per room per night. The room accommodates 4 persons and comes with breakfast (more details in the next post, link at the end of this post).

Two double beds
Very spacious bathroom with a large bathtub
Spacious living space
As mentioned, there are no fridges in most hotels in Scotland so we had to make do with the windowsill to keep our perishables cool

We retired to bed early after a long day on the road!


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