As much as I enjoyed visiting Skye again, it was time to move on. I zoomed down to Broadsford (past the Cuillins again), and headed south - east towards Armadale, where I would catch a ferry that would take me across to Mallaig, back on mainland.

Day 9: Balmacara - Airsaig

Distance 60 miles / Elevation 1050 meters

This time I got to see The Black Cuillin from the north face.

Loch Eishort


On the other side of Sound of Sleat lies the mainland region of Knoydart.

Black highland bull in purple heather. I’m feeling so patriotic just now!


Of course being a muppet, I had timed the whole day on the wrong timetable (a Sunday one) and arrived at the pier an hour too early. A grand wee coffee shop called "The Shed" gave me shelter from the day's first rain I just missed.

Good old CalMac ferry swallowed a whole load of cars, motorcycles and buses full of Italian tourists and spat all of us back out in Mallaig.

Sound of Sleat

I cycled along the coast heading south past the first few white sand beaches with emerald coloured sea, - a taste of what's to come in the next couple of days! I camped by the sea and only a mile away from Airsaig, overlooking Islands Rum and Eigg. (And yes - everything did seem to be purple that evening!)

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