We had such a grand time exploring Isle of Skye and at Saucy Mary’s, that when morning came, we were sad to leave. 😔
We were happy to hear that we still had one stop before leaving the spectacular Isle of Skye.
Our first stop to start off Day 9 of our Compass Buster Tour was Armadale, a small village near the southern tip of Skye. Armadale is home to the Clan Donald visitor centre, Armadale Castle and the Museum of the Isles. And this was our first stop!
We were given a lot of time to explore here! But most in our OG group weren’t feeling up for exploring a castle or a museum today or tracing our genealogy… So we spent our allotted time outside in the beautiful Scottish fall sunshine. Who said Scotland doesn’t get sunshine?!
And here, we met a most unusual and un-Scottish friend – a peacock!
He wandered around the estate like he owned the place!
He even strolled into the cafe to check it out!
We imagine the cafe was up to his standards!
Having explored the public space around the visitor centre, we decided to take a wee walk on our own.
We could see a glimpse of the coast and decided to cross the street, pass through the woods and explore the coast!
And boy, were we glad we went on this wee walk!
This rocky (and kelp-y) beach was beautiful in the sunshine!
This whole area reminded me of our Pacific coast and the intertidal zone. This made me want to explore more of our backyard – the beautiful British Columbia coastline and Vancouver Island!
As usual, there is always time for an epic gazing photograph!
Eventully, we said a reluctant goodbye to the beach and headed back up to meet up with the rest of our group.
Next, we were off to the ferry terminal. We got there much earlier than our ferry and, again, had lots of time to explore. We checked out a couple of cute clothing and gift shops near the terminal before heading out further for a wee Woodland Walk.
Note: it seems like Ruabh Phoil had been sold in 2016, but the current owner intends to keep the Woodland Walk open to the public. So if you happen to be near Armadale, we would heartily recommend a wee walk here!
We didn’t spot any seals on Seal Island but we did make more new friends!
I think this is decidedly one of the most well-placed benches I have ever seen!
Perhaps not so great in a storm but if you had a warm, waterproof jacket… this might be good for storm watching?!
It was really neat to explore Rubha Phoil – to feel that connection to nature. Definitely a good way to break up the bus and ferry travel!
Once it was time to board the ferry, we gathered at the terminal with our tickets and climbed on board.
Since it was a beautiful sunny day, we spent much of our time up on the open decks, soaking in the sunshine.
And what better to enjoy the Scottish landscape and the Scottish sunshine than with some local Scottish ice cream! We heard that this Honeycomb flavour is one of the most popular, so of course we had to try it! It was creamy and rich, with bits of honeycomb melted throughout the ice cream. The perfect ferry-crossing treat!
It was a short ferry ride and before we knew it, we were approaching Mallaig. As we arrived into Mallaig, excitement was building as we would soon be boarding the train to Hogwarts!
Hogwarts, here we come!
From Vancouver with Love,
Ioana and Natalie
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