Day 5 – Talisker Beach and Distillery

Before I opened the curtains I could see that it was sunny outside and that seemed to be a pretty good start to the day. Maybe some mountains today…

However by the time we made tea, we were sitting in a blizzard, so all things considered today got off to a bit of a later start. When we decided to move out, mainly to get some signal and plan what we wanted to do that day the snow had stopped and the sun was back. For the first time since we’d been on Skye the mountains came into view and they are spectacular, especially with their fresh snowy peaks.

P1020776 (NXPowerLite Copy)Our distillery tour was booked for the end of the afternoon giving us a few hours. The walk we had thought about was actually a lot further away than we thought so we decided to go to Talisker beach as we were very close anyway and it was supposed to be worth a look.

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The beach itself is fairly small with a dramatic backdrop and quite striking black and grey sand.

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Towards the far side is a waterfall, which we decided to climb across too. Me very slowly, as cripple does rock climbing is probably not sensible. We are rewarded though with our own private beach once we get there.

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There is also a very friendly cat that lives in the only house down here.

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We then headed back towards the distillery stopping for a few photos along the way. The distillery is actually in the village of Carbost, and named Talisker after the estate rather than the village.

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Once in the village we had a bit of time to kill and decided to try out the showers, £1 for 2 minutes of hot water. A glorious 8 minutes of shower time, between the two of us. Still the water was lovely and hot and after last having a shower the day before I left this was pretty good! We also managed to finally find a tap to fill up our water tank properly.

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The distillery tour was around 45 minutes with a very knowledgeable and friendly guide and we walked away with a bottle of Talisker Storm which was the whiskey we sampled during the tour.

Although it was getting late, it was such a lovely day we decided to drive down to the end of Skye and have a better look at some scenery. This would also put us close to the walk we wanted to do in the morning. We drove right to the furthest point, Duntulm Castle, and the double back as down at the end the land is not particularly sheltered and after a very windy previous night we wanted a quieter spot.

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We ended up here by the Quiraing which we are planning to walk tomorrow, I think this goes to show that often it is worth driving around a little bit longer till you find somewhere that is really good rather than the first half decent lay by.

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