Today was a travelling day - and travel we did! In spite of the relatively short distance as the crow flies between Skye and Arisaig we spent almost six-and-a-half hours on the road.
We left Sea Loch View at 9.30am having done the customary final day cleaning and, I might add, leaving it cleaner than we found it. Originally we had planned to catch the ferry from Armadale across to Mallaig and then drive onto Arisaig but we already knew that sailings were being affected by the weather and also that if we took this shorter route that we would arrive in Arisaig much too early. We were not due to take possession of our Arisaig accommodation until 4pm.
So it was that we took a long, leisurely and convoluted route from Skye to Arisaig via Invermoriston, Fort William (where we paused for a pit-stop and to get supplies) and finally Mallaig.
Mallaig was a tad dismal and quite deserted once the ferry had left but we visited the Tourist Information centre and strolled down to the harbour under overcast skies. While we were there we saw two seals who had come right up to the pier. From their behaviour it seemed they were regular visitors. I didn't have my camera but Alex captured a couple of photos on her iPhone.
After walking to the ferry terminal we doubled back past the graffiti wall and then headed back to the car. A short drive later we were turning off the A830 to Arisaig, finally arriving at Eshaness at 4.01pm.
Arisaig is much tinier than I expected and the house is just a couple of hundred metres along the Rhu Road behind a field (complete with two ponies) and an unobstructed view of Loch nan Ceall and across to the isle of Eigg.
The house is perfect and we love it. It ticks all the right boxes; everything that you could possibly need is here down to the last detail. It's the kind of place that you feel immediately at home and find it hard to leave. It's a shame we're only here for 4 days but it's a perfect place to relax.