A child free weekend loomed and we couldn’t resist the chance to make this most of Macdui, our rooftop campervan, with a trip to Skye to run a route I have had my eye on for a while.
We were in Skye for little over 24 hours but managed breakfast, and the all-important coffee, on arrival at the Deli Gasta near Broadford. A beautiful trail run, dinner by the sea and a night in the van.
The trail run started and ended at the Sligachan car park, near to the hotel and the infamous bridge. With the dogs at heal and our hydration packs on we set off running up the glen along the river side heading south. The path is excellent having recently been surfaced and a few mountain bikers zipped past. As you run out the views of Blaven open out acting as a distraction from the steady altitude gain.
Our final destination was about 8 miles in and with 2400 ft of ascent to and the amazing Sgurr na Siri with its views over the mighty Cullin ridge and Loch Coruisk. It must be one of the best views on Skye. The return trip was about 15 miles taking us 4.15 hours – more a dander than a run but the views were so great and the photo stops were the thing that was slowing me down (honest!). It wasn’t at all my lack of recent practice.
1444 calories burned so it was most definitely time to replenish those at the pub – this time the Inn at Carbost. Fish and chips, Skye ale and a friendly atmosphere made for a fitting end to a fabulous day before we headed back to the cozy van for a comfy bed to rest those weary legs.
A lovely Highland adventure and shows just how much you can pack into a 24 hour trip.