because you get another one of those world famous FREE Pearson escorted tours but before we start have to tell you the wonderful breakfast that Michael made and the food he gave me as a pack up lunch very attentive and kind host.
So sit back with a cuppa and come on tour...warning!!!!! You will need your rain jacket!!
Michael had given me a route to follow and places to see that only locals know about and I left at 8.30 am dull sort of a rain with a slight drizzle...ENJOY!!!!! By the way we are touring the Isle of Skye!!!
Away we go all uphill!!!
I have only see a few waterfalls that fall directly into the ocean..this is so cool!!!
Neist Point and Lighthouse.
Neist Sightings & News
A short walk from the road end, down the steep steps, leads to the lighthouse, which was built in 1909 and fully automated in 1990.
The lighthouse tower is 62 feet high and stands 142 feet above sea-level. The light from the tower is equal to 480,000 candles and can be seen from up to 24 miles away.
The lighthouse itself is unmanned and owned by the Northern Lighthouse Board.
Neist Point Lighthouse.
Neist Point (pronounced 'Neest') is renowned for its rock formations, which are closely akin to those at the Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland. It is said that the causeway extends under the sea from Northern Ireland to the Isle of Skye. For details of the walk down to Neist Point to explore the causeway click here.
but when I got there the wind was blowing so hard never experienced wind quite like that and the rain was like sleet and it was so cold I only got out of the car and took this shot
The most Westerly point on the Isle of Skye, giving excellent views over Moonen Bay to Waterstein Head (pictured) and out over the Minch to the Western Isles.
The point is regarded as the best place on Skye to see whales, dolphins, porpoises and basking shark. The sea around the point is teeming withsea-birds including gannets, black guillemots, razorbills and shags.
The causeway at the tip of Neist Point is home to several species of rare and unusual plant, including alpine plants such as saxifrages.
The sheltered bays of Neist Point are also excellent places to fish, with fourteen species of fish being caught in Moonen Bay.
A furore erupted in 2002 when a former owner of the Lighthouse Cottages installed a toll booth at the Neist Point Car Park and began charging for access to the Point. After a concerted campaign by locals, the illegal charging stopped and the cottages were sold on.
The Lighthouse Cottages, together with the small enclosed area around them, are now owned by Jane Corfield. Despite there still being old signage indicating that accommodation is available in the lighthouse cottages, they are no longer let to tourists.
The remainder of the land on Neist Point forms part of the common grazings for the township of Waterstein and each of five crofts at Waterstein owns a share, with souming (grazing rights) for 1 horse, 4 cows and 30 sheep.
Neist Point was used as the dramatic setting for a number of scenes in the movie Breaking The Waves in 1996, starring Emily Watson. A mock cemetery was constructed for the scenes, which remained for several years afterwards.
More recently, scenes for the movie, 47 Ronin, starring Keanu Reeves, were filmed on the headland at Neist in October 2012
Like this one as well...
If you have a travel bucket list and the Isle of Skye is not on it...it needs to be!!!!
Hope you enjoyed the tour!!