This was our first trip together where we agreed to pack light (we each had only a carry-on and a small daypack). It took discipline and some hard choices at the time, but one exception we both made was to bring jeans because that’s what we’re most comfortable in. They are terrible for packing light, not just because of their weight and bulk, but because they take so long to dry after being washed, and washing clothes in the bathroom sink is an almost daily necessity. At one point we bought a bucket at a gas station to wash our jeans in. We felt it was an odd thing to bring to a B&B, so we told our host why we had it. He immediately offered to wash ours in their machines. We were so happy to hear this, and it was such a luxury that we weren’t expecting. Thank you, Fraser.
Before we left the Isle of Skye we stopped at Sligachan at the foot of the Red Cuillin. It’s a beautiful glen with a fast moving stream fed by the surrounding mountains. Back on the mainland we visited Eilean Donan Castle, one of the most photogenic castles in the country. It sits on a small island at the intersection of three lochs and has a causeway bridge to it from the mainland. From there we took the A87 which is lined with green mountains all the way down to Loch Ness. On the northwestern shore of Loch Ness lies the ruins of Castle Urquhart one of the largest castles in Scotland. We left Urquhart in the late afternoon for Inverness, the capital of the Highlands. After checking into our B&B, we headed downtown for dinner, crossing the River Ness by way of the Rainbow Bridge. At dinner, our waiter told us about an alternate way home via a nearby suspension footbridge. He warned us that local kids liked to demonstrate the flexibility of the footbridge by waiting for people to get partway across and then jumping around to rock the bridge. We elected to give it a go on our walk home, but on this night we had it all to ourselves.