We couldn't believe it. This morning at 8.30am Kev knocked on the Beast to say they were ready to go. Hang on!! Aren't they the ones that (a) do not get up early and (b) never wants to leave before 10 am? And the reason for such an early start? To get to Staffin car park before the masses arrive and to wait for the falling tide, which should expose two dinosaur footprints!
Pouring with rain (yet again) arrived at an empty carpark. We then had 2 hours to wait until the tide fell, enough for the footprints to be shown. But could we find them?? Not a chance. There was even a notice board showing where to look and look we did, walking all over the exposed rocks. But not finding them was put down to one of the great disappointments of life.
|Singletrack to Staffin|
Kev in his infinite wisdom decided that lunch might be very nice at another beachfront. "Follow me," said he. But his idea of another beachfront meant we had to negotiate an almost hairpin bend down a sidetrack. As the next photos show, no way were we going DOWN that road!
We carried on and a quick phone call to say we would see them later as they managed to get around and head off down the road. But then suddenly an opportunity for us to turn around. Back we went this time without that nasty turn and found them already parked on the beachfront.
We very nearly missed the Skye Museum of Island Life.
Thatched Huts came into view and an almost handbrake stop saw us pulling into the car park. Fascinating place stepping back in time to the old highland ways.
By 4 pm another park for the night app on Ian's phone showed another lovely setting. We made it down a lane, got parked up and was almost immediately accosted by two ladies walking their dog. First, as we had parked by two benches, they said hope you're not going to use them because thet wanted to sit on them. I was shocked and told them the thought hadn't crossed my mind. "I hope you're going to turn off your engines," she said haughtily. Well, how rude can one get! So I told her that we were just getting parked up. She went away muttering about motorhomes doing as they please and staying where they wanted. Okay... I know that they must be locals and maybe they get fed up of people parking overnight but it wouldn't have hurt her to be polite and explain why she didn't want us parking there. It wasn't even if it was near to her house, quite a way away in fact and it was a public road after all and used by many!
There is a clear sky tonight and we are hoping for dark skies to see the stars. Hoping with fingers crossed that the clouds keep away.
And seen on route
And more birds need identifying, please
|Northern Wheatear (Thanks goes to Paul)|
|Meadow Pippit (again from Paul)|
|This is the same as the first two photos (I think)|
|Stonechat. Thanks again Paul|