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On Skye and need advice!!!

Hi All, currently on Skye with friends and family. In an amazing house rental a walk from Portree.

The issue is this- the weather is rainy and windy. Not unexpected. But getting a little tiresome as this is day 10 of rain. We are from Vancouver so we will deal.

But- realized everything we had planned was outdoors and I am feeling a little deflated as everything is not as I expected or hoped.

Need some help finding things to do or reasons to enjoy being here I guess! Or any advice including buck up!

Caveat- I am tired and it is late so I will likely feel better in the morning!

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Do you have a car? If so, perhaps a tour of the Talisker distillery in Carbost.

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Yes, Skye is a very outdoors place and the west is where the rain comes. Sigh. It is why my walking group bases itself near Inverness. If it's clear in the west we head to the coast, but if it's raining we have options. I did a photo workshop there for a week and I think I have one day of sunny pictures. I learned to appreciate the up close pictures and the muted colors. They really popped on a misty day. When my sister and I made our first trip way back in the 70's we did the walk up to see Loch Coruisk and got drenched because it rained all the way back to Portree and we couldn't find the bus. Someone finally took pity on us and gave us a lift. They didn't seem to mind that their car seats were soaked.

I assume you've been to Dunvegan and the museum of Island Life. I know both will still have outdoor bits, but that's life in the west.

Can you escape by going east? (Assuming you have a car.) Look at the weather to see if that would make sense. Inverness is 2.5 hours from Portree. You could get up to Loch Ness. Or go all the way and check out Culloden. There is always shopping too in Inverness. :) There is a great knit shop in Beauly. Of course you would drive right past Eilean Donan Castle. If you just plain need to escape, and don't have a car, well, maybe the train to Inverness and back?

I hope you have good water proof.

Pam

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heatwave is suppose to start today for the next few days whether it will reach Skye who knows, but hopefully. yes it has been unseasonable cold and wet of late even had to have my heating on for a few hours each night

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Thank you all! Just had a rather wet trip to the fairy pools. Later we will go to town and get a treat. I think I just am feeling badly because I planned this for 8 people and it is not quite how I planned. Hard to change your vision and expectations! Thank you for the suggestions and support!

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really nice and warm in Edinburgh today ,hope it is drying and warming up for you in Skye

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Oh Ms. L, I feel for you!! Good for you for keeping a good attitude, but I understand the disappointment, we've all been there. Hoping things look up soon!

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The sun came out today and it was incredible! Had an amazing hike to the Quiraing and we actually all got sunburned! Travel, it really is about the adventure! One more day here and we will see what tomorrrow brings! Thank you!

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So glad to hear that you are working on that Scottish Sun Tan. :)

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Massive thunder storms here in Edinburgh at the moment and there may be some heading your way, take care.