The sun made a welcome re-appearance today. The weatherforecast indicated that the morning would be fine, so we set off at 8:00. Today’s destination was Talisker Bay where, according to the walks book, a mix of black and white sand creates patterns on the beach. After parking the car by the road we passed Talisker House where Samuel Johnson and James Boswell stayed for a few nights during their tour of the Highlands in 1773. Boswell liked it, but Johnson was less enthusiastic and thought it was: “the place, above all that I have seen, from which the gay and jovial seem utterly excluded, where the hermit might expect to grow old in meditation, without possibility of disturbance or interruption.” It was not busy, I’ll give him that, but a very nice spot for an easy walk to the beach.
The rain of the previous few days ensured that many little streams were flowing down the hill. We spotted the first lambs since we arrived on Skye.
When we got to the beach we realised that the tide was in and therfore not many patterns were visible in the sand. It was good place to sit and stare a while, so that’s what we did. Well, Di could not resist making a start with cleaning up the beach, which was littered with bits of plastic, rope, etc. After watching the waves for half an hour I did spot some patterns.
After an encounter with a peacock and lunch in the pub in Carbost we are now back enjoying the everchanging view and anticipating the first spectacular sunset.