Carbost, Talisker Bay and Sligachan

As I wrote earlier, the weather forecast in Scotland is unpredictable. So after a cloudy morning we took the road from Dunvegan to Carbost in order to visit Talisker Distillery… And the sun peeked out from the clouds and started to shine! The view of the Cuillin Hills and the countryside by the sea and many small islands, with a bunch of sheeps everywhere, was one of the best scenery we had ever seen during our travels worldwide.
Visiting the Talisker Distillery was obviously very interesting. Given that Talisker whisky is one of my husband’s favorites, we booked for the special tour including the distillery visit and a long tasting of their products. I must admit it: I’m not so into whisky tasting – or even, I wasn’t before this trip XD – but the guy who guided us was so fun, passionate and skilled about it that even a newbie like me cannot help getting into quickly and started to appreciate smoky whisky flavors ;)
So we tossed with much pleasure six different glasses of them and we started talking with the guide and the other visitors for one hour or two until 4pm more or less.
After the tasting we were so hungry – scottish breakfast in the morning is nourishing but you have to eat something in the afternoon – and a bit drunk; fortunately not so far from the distillery you can find The Oyster Shed, which is just a barn with a truck owned by local fishermen where you can eat many delicious local products prepared on the spot. We tasted the oysters and the scallops with french fries and garnished with sauces only for 12£. Fair price for a yummy snack with a perfect view!
Afterwards our daily trip continued to Sligachan, which is a small settlement between Portree and Broadford and the best starting point to explore the Cuillin Hills. Sligachan is also a dramatic point of view of the mountains and the ancient stone bridge near the road is a must-see of Skye.
Our amazing day ended at Portree where the sky was so clear that we could see the Storr from the old city tower. In closing, we found at the Merchant Bar that a local beer’s name is quite similar to mine – Eleonora vs. Eilean-Or! Funny isn’t it? ;)

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