Lighthouses and Fairy Pools / by Martha Keyes

Driving on the Isle of Skye is pretty spectacular. There isn't an area we drove through that wasn't incredibly beautiful. It was a constant struggle for me as the driver between keeping alert eyes on the road and wanting to really look closer at everything we passed by. Sometimes I couldn't handle it and would just stop on the side of the road so that I could get out and look longer at beautiful places. This day of driving, in particular, was full of beautiful sites and ridiculously narrow roads. We joked that some of the roads were hardly wide enough to be bike paths.

Neist Point is the most westerly point of the Isle of Skye and is known for its lovely rock formations and white lighthouse. We parked the car, ate some food with a view out over the ocean, and then began the walk to the lighthouse. It was such a lovely walk!

I could have spent a lot more time at every destination we went to this day, but I didn't want to miss out on our last stop of the day--the Fairy Pools in Glen Brittle. We had just enough time to get there before dark fell. We drove through the national park that houses the pools and the beautiful Cuillin--a range of mountains on Skye.
The walk from the car park to the Fairy Pools is beautiful! The Cuillin loom large behind the various streams and fields that must be passed through to access the turquoise waters. The fairy pools were spectacular! And so hard to capture on camera. The lighting made it particularly difficult--only in a couple of the photos can you see just how turquoise they are. You'll just have to go see them yourself!

Kaisa was pretty excited when she got to get down and explore the area after a long day of car rides and being in her carrier.

We drove a few more miles into the park to get to a campsite for the night--all of us were ready for electricity at night and a decent shower! This campsite was located on the shores of the ocean, and we arrived right before the most amazing sunset! It kept getting more and more beautiful as the minutes passed.