Quiraing (site of “the event”)

Ah, the event!!!  Yes… So this happened just as we were approaching Quiraing.  So on the Isle of Skye, the majority of the roads leading from one picturesque place to another are VERY narrow… I mean to the point that it’s really only one lane wide!!  But since there are two ways of traffic, there are several spots along the road (probably every 200 meters or so) where a vehicle can pull over to let the oncoming car pass.

So on our way to Quiraing (thankfully only walking distance away) we came across a traffic jam along the single lane road.  The issue ahead of us was a car was head on with a camper (trying to come in our direction).  They weren’t able to pass each other because some tourist had parked their camper IN the pull-off zone designated only for vehicles to pass one another!!  With the parked camper in the way there was no way for anyone to pass each other on the road, unless they went off-roading…

So our driver got out and helped at least the car to get around the camper trying to come our way.  And he helped the camper squeeze as close to the side of the road as possible so that WE could possible squeeze along them to our destination…

As we attempted to pass the left side of our van went off the road and due to the recent wet weather just sunk into the land and that was it… We were stuck!!!  A very long story short, we weren’t pulled back out of the rut for almost 3 hours!!!  So at first we just had lots of time (YAY!!!) to wander around, which I took full advantage of!!  Our guide hitched a ride into town (just down the valley) to try and get someone to get us out of the rut (literally).  When no one came for hours, one of the church charity vans from town came and picked us up and took us into town so we could at least get some hot beverage while we waited for our rescue.  Of course it was a very frustrating situation for the guide, but he took it in stride as we all did.  We ended up not getting back to town until almost 11pm because of it, but we still got to hit all the hot spots on the list, so all was well that ended well!!

And honestly… the more I think about it… The more I think that this unexpected hitch kinda made the trip for me (along with the beauty of Skye of course!!).  I do enjoy unplanned events thrown into the mix!!  Strange, I know!

On to Kilt Rock, the Old Man of Storr & Portree

Back to Isle of Skye

Back to United Kingdom

 

 

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