Great Stay, Good Breakfast @ UIG Lodge on 13Jun2017 (Day 5 Fort Williams/Isle of Skye Trip 9-14Jun2017)

cereals – breakfast at uig lodge 

had another hearty breakfast at uig lodge on 13.7.2017. ^^

this £120 b&b fraction of the cost of duisdale & skeabost (like 1/3), is better located near quiraing, kilt rock & mealt falls, brothers point, lealt falls, old man of storr & HAS strong wifi..whereas other 2 (duisdale & skeabost) basically did not!!!

yesterday, we came to take refuge  when it was pouring at quiraing, and i needed to dry my jeans, boots & socks. luckily we could get the room early just waited 45mins…

used hairdryer to blow dry jeans & shoes. changed to new socks & then we were in business going out again – & we had my best hike at quiraing.

while waiting for the room, we had wonderful mussels in 2 flavours – golden ale & wine sauce, & very good onion rings.

breakfast at uig lodge 

this morning, we had the usual cereals, coffee, juice & fruits.

breakfast at uig lodge

full scottish breakfast 

we were tired of kippers & decided to both ordered full scottish breakfast.

& really all the b&b/hotels, from £120 at uig lodge (and as i said far better location for our hikes), to the >£300 for duisdal house hotel & skeabost, the full scottish breakfast were just about same.

equally good, and equally satisfying…feeling good for a good hike.

c.h.e.f andy

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Best 8-course Degustation @ The Three Chimneys on 12Jun2017(Day 4 Fort Williams/Isle of Skye Trip 9-14Jun2017)

#1 wild rabbit, raw & cooked langoustine

had the best degustation dinner for a while at three chimneys.

this my 31st anniversary celebration with wife on 12.6.2017. ^^

skye land & sea 8-course degustation menu

well, the skye land & sea menu looked amazing (& such an imaginative name!). lol!^^

three chimneys was one of only 2 one michelin star restaurants in isle of skye in 2014.

however, they lost the star in 2017 when chef director michael smith left followed by an exodus of staff.

now helmed by 31-yr young new chef scott davis & his new team, they are trying hard to win back the michelin star. 

i think they got a “michelin plate” in 2017. this a new category introduced in 2016. not yet a michelin star.

#1 wild rabbit, raw & cooked langoustine

the raw langoustine was delightful, very sweet.

the rabbit was flavourful. the cooked langoustine too.

#2 dunvegan crab

the dunvegan crab was very sweet. lovely! great stuff…

#2 dunvegan crab

but i must say our impression was that the “tian of crab” dish at lime tree fort williams was even more tasty.

#3 roasted sconser scallops

the roasted scallop was very good.

#3 roasted sconser scallops

though we had many great scallop preparations in many restaurants, most recently at the restaurant at duisdale. couldn’t really say this was better…

#4 seaweed & miso cured halibut, crispy loch harport oyster

wow…this dish beautifully crafted & plated!

#4 seaweed & miso cured halibut, crispy loch harport oyster

nice oyster fritter…sweet fish, curing was light…not sure about the miso flavours, a bit on salty side..

#4 seaweed & miso cured halibut

nice sides of peas, seaweed.

#5 braised soy lamb ravioli

the  braised soy lamb ravioli, with the condiments & sides, very good too..

#5 braised soy lamb ravioli

a great pasta dish, before the meats.

#5 pigeon (replaced lamb ravioli for wife)

wife doesn’t take lamb, so restaurant replaced by pigeon, one of their menu dishes.

#5 pigeon (replaced lamb ravioli for wife)

an excellent preparation, texture, taste, plating, quite perfect.

#6 orbost farm rose beef

the second main was a beef.

#6 orbost farm rose beef

very good though, with the sides of good onion ring and pressed potatoes.

#7 pressed apple

#7 pressed apple

wife & i not very dessert people.

the pressed apple was really quite good, the the different textures…

#8 rhubarb & hibiscus

#8 rhubarb & hibiscus

the rhubarb was less exciting for us…

the dinner degustation was £90. every dish was excellent, we enjoyed every bit of the dinner.

they have not yet regained their one michelin star. by definition, it is “worth a stop” for one start & “worth a detour” for 2 stars.

50mins from UIG Lodge to Three Chomneys for 2pax dinner

so going by michelin’s definition, this dinner was 2 michelin star for me la…we drove like 50mins just for this dinner! that’s quite a “detour” right?

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Best Hike I had @ Quiraing on 12Jun2017 (Day 4 Fort Williams/Isle of Skye Trip 9-14Jun2017)

quiraing from carpark

it was really no fun getting wet. & it’s like raining all the time.

wife’s adage – just assume it will rain, be properly attired with all the rain gears, and roll on…wife later made good her advise, and bought me proper rain gears..but that was later.

quiraing from carpark

so we arrived at quiraing carpark after the beautiful walk at brothers point,

waited in the car for the rain to get lighter, ventured out for a short 50m, and was forced back by the rain.

my rain resistant parka was not much resistant, and my jeans and boots were wet through.

so defeated, we retreated to uig lodge, and discovered they had wonderful tasting mussels pot. 

we checked into our uig lodge room. and i used the dryer to dry my jeans & our boots. suitably rested & with dry gears, i was ready for war again, taking advantage of a short spell of dry weather.

quiraing from carpark

so we were back at quiraing carpark. it’s more crowded, and groups of hikers had gone up maybe 1hr earlier & trooping back when we ascended.

quiraing hike

quiraing hike

quiraing hike

quiraing hike

this must be the most beautiful ladnscape i have seen, outside of craggy coastlines like cornwall, exmoor & wales.

quiraing hike

quiraing hike

quiraing hike

and the best hike ever!

nikko’s senjogahara marshland hike was beautiful, but not like this!

and the thrilling bukhansan hike was tougher than this, and beautiful too, but this was mesmerising!

quiraing hike

quiraing hike

unlike (say) the recent 7hr hike up mount snowdon i did with my RI bros on 2may2017, which was just a walk & the wondrous view came at the summit.

quiraing hike

quiraing hike

quiraing hike

here we were just walking alongside the mountain & looking over the rolling knolls & plains in all their glories…

quiraing hike

quiraing hike

quiraing hike

quiraing hike

there are nice cracks & crevices..

quiraing hike

but the greatest beauty is the valleys.

 

quiraing hike

all my friends commented on the whatsapped photos “it’s like lord of the rings, in middle earth!”..

so why did they go new zealand to film?

quiraing hike

quiraing hike

quiraing hike

quiraing hike

if not for the threatening rain, i could do this lesisurely for another few hours…

quiraing hike

quiraing hike

quiraing hike

quiraing hike

quiraing hike

quiraing hike

quiraing hike

quiraing hike

there’s the falls & mountain streams…

quiraing hike

quiraing hike

quiraing hike

quiraing hike

& the rock shelves..more middle earth..

quiraing hike

quiraing hike

quiraing hike

quiraing hike

the mist adding to the mystery & romance..

quiraing hike

quiraing hike

we got to the gap, wanting to go over & look over the other side.

but the rain finally came.

i had to hurriedly put on my S$2 daiso raincoat. at least i did not get wet as before.

quiraing hike

quiraing hike

quiraing hike

quiraing hike

quiraing hike

we turned back & walked hurriedly.

we took 1hr 40mins…

This my best hike..such wonderful scenery hiking in the mountain.

We took 1hr 45mins. more than 1 hr to get to the gap & very quick trekking back forced by the rain….could gave taken 2.5hrs but it started to rain as we descended so had to walk really fast..

this a place i would like to return to trek, hopefully in better weather…my most memorable hike!

c.h.e.f andy

 

 

Most Beautiful & Serene Walk @ Brothers Point on 12Jun2017 (Day 4 Fort Williams/Isle of Skye Trip 9-14Jun2017)

we parked here & crossed the road to walk brother’s point 

after a good breakfast at skeabost hotel,

we drove again on A855 coastal road & parked at Rubha nam Brathairean, also known as Brothers Point, on 12.6.2017. ^^

brothers point walk

trailhead – brothers point walk 

we crossed over to the trailhead.

brothers point walk 

& followed the trek past swing gates & private farm livestock grazing fields.

gracing fields – brothers point walk 

so beautiful!

brothers point walk 

it is every bit a hidden treasure as many bloggers noted!

gracing fields – brothers point walk 

a truly wonderful 1 hr stroll…

gracing fields – brothers point walk

craggy coast – brothers point walk 

a 1hr return on a slow stroll…

craggy coast –
brothers point walk

gracing fields – brothers point walk 

we had the whole place to ourselves!

did not see a soul till we were walking back…

beautiful knolls – brothers point walk 

lush green grazing fields..

beautiful knolls – brothers point walk

beautiful knolls – brothers point walk 

the rock formation, small boulders patches..

beautiful knolls – brothers point walk

beautiful knolls – brothers point walk

and craggy coast…

brothers point walk

grazing fields, sheep..backdrop of rocks..

craggy coast – brothers point walk

craggy coast – brothers point walk

craggy coast – brothers point walk 

stones & boulders dotted the craggy coastline…

looking back at the farm house – brothers point walk

craggy coast – brothers point walk 

lost in the interplay of lush green farmed habitat & craggy wilderness…

craggy coast – brothers point walk

craggy coast – brothers point walk

nice rock formation – brothers point walk

small fall – brothers point walk 

a tiny fall along the path

craggy stone coast – brothers point walk

craggy stone coast – brothers point walk

brothers point walk

craggy stone coast – brothers point walk 

the serene beauty of it all!

we could just sit & picnic…

for the short interlude we were blessed with “good” weather. that means an overcast sky but no rain…

it’s time to get to quiraing & try our luck…but alas, not to be for time being….

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Brothers Point (Rubha nam Brathairean)

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Best Mussels Pot @ UIG Lodge Restaurant on 12Jun2017 (Day 4 Fort Williams/Isle of Skye Trip 9-14Jun2017)

excellent mussels pot at uig lodge

after the really joyous walk at brothers point,

we drove to quiraing hoping to do the hike on 12.6.2017.

we parked at the carpark & waited as it poured outside, drinking coffee from our hot tumbler & taking shortcakes & snicker bars (for me).

when the rain was lighter, we attempted the hike.

fortunately we turned back soon enough, after like 50m, as it really poured & my jeans were wet through.

the heavy rain stopped our first attemp to hike quiraing

view from uig lodge restaurant – raining heavily

defeated, we decided to retreat to our next hotel, uig lodge, to seek refuge, on 12.6.2017.

bored, nothing to do, so we sat in the restaurant & ordered some food. 🙂

excellent mussels in golden ale at uig lodge

to our pleasant surprise the mussels were super good.

there were 2 sauces.

we ordered the mussels in golden ale & it was so good. we decided to order the other one, which was the regular white wine sauce.

excellent mussels pot at uig lodge

very tender, sweet, perfect texture NOT overdone! 🙂

the white wine sauce was great.

excellent mussels pot at uig lodge

excellent mussels pot at uig lodge

i guess we were cold & hungry & bored!

still, this was a really good mussels pot.

superb onion rings

wife ordered the onion rings, and they were really good too!

so nicely crisp, a very good batter. we liked it very much, a pleasant surprise!

vista from mountain road quiraing to uig lodge

vista from mountain road quiraing to uig lodge

vista from mountain road quiraing to uig lodge

leaving quiraing slight drenched, we drove the mountain road to uig lodge. took some photos at vista points on the way.

lamb

lamb in the headlights

at a vista, caught some lambs gracing, literally caught like a “lamb in the headlights”

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Restaurant at the Uig Hotel