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Touching the Skye!

posted 14 Mar 2016, 17:34 by Cross Country Club - Saints Sport   [ updated 18 Mar 2016, 13:12 ]

Originally posted 28 Apr 2015, 16:45 by Cross Country Club - Saints Sport   [ updated 28 Apr 2015, 16:47 ]

A group of 18 of our runners ventured to the Isle of Skye for our annual trip away, on the weekend of 17th-19th April.

On a beautiful Scottish Friday afternoon we hit the road. We weren't travelling long before our first stop: a quick visit to Dundee to stock up on ice cream! It was the perfect day for it though, and we all hoped it would continue throughout the weekend. Our next stop was in a small highland village, before taking some time to admire Eilean Donan castle. We arrived on the island about 9pm. A small group of us went for a short run around Kyleakin, the town where we were staying, before we headed to a local pub to listen to some live music. All who headed out had a great time, and enjoyed dancing with locals and fellow tourists alike.

We woke early on the Saturday morning, and were delighted to see bright blue skies outside! Our morning run took place along the forestry trails of Glenbrittle. It was a truly picturesque setting for a run, with some fantastic views out over the sea.

Following our run we decided to cool off by going for a dip in the nearby fairy pools. If you think swimming in the sea is bad, then you should try taking a dive into melted snow water! Despite it being possibly the coldest water in the world, we all took turns swimming under the waterfall, which is definitely something you should try if presented the opportunity.

Next stop was the Old Man of Storr, where we scrambled up steep slopes to get close to the remarkable feature. It was a thrilling climb, and the view from the top was well worth the few hairy moments we had on the way up! After we climbed down we headed back to our hostel via a more scenic route around the coast, taking in some of the spectacular scenery the island has to offer.

Arising early again on Sunday, we were all excited for another day of fantastic weather. We split into different groups for our morning run. One headed out over the Skye bridge for a run around Kyle of Lochalsh, while another stayed on the island for some hill running.

On Sunday afternoon we headed to Spar cave, near Elgol, which is only accessible during low tide, so we had to get in and out quickly to avoid getting trapped. With stalactites draping down from the ceiling, and stalagmites rising up from the cave floor, it was a truly beautiful setting for our final venture of the trip.

Bring on next year!

To read Skylar's report on the weekend follow the link: