photofriday
    travel

Photo Friday: Dunvegan, Scotland

While we were out hunting down Heilan Coos, we did a loop around the northern part of the Isle of Skye and found ourselves in the town of Dunvegan on the western coast.

Isle of Skye, ScotlandOriginally, when I was searching for budget hotels in Scotland, I considered staying near Dunvegan in Edinbane. Because the area was so remote, fittingly the bed and breakfasts were much cheaper. But in retrospect, I’m glad we opted to stay in Portree instead, as it was far more central of a base.

Isle of Skye, ScotlandDunvegan isn’t that far away distance-wise, but it took us the better part of the day to get there as we drove slowly around the coast counter-clockwise. When we arrived, we parked at the castle, paid our collective £23.50 admission fees (don’t forget, students and seniors get discounts, always) and spent an hour exploring the castle.

Isle of Skye, ScotlandThe castle itself wasn’t so impressive, especially compared to all the other castles in Scotland, but I think it’s the sprawling grounds and gardens that are the selling point.

Dunvegan Castle, Isle of Skye, ScotlandAfter we shot a little footage for our Gangnam Style video, we saw a sign that said “seals, this way.” Curious, we followed, and then promptly paid the £5 each to take a boat ride out to see these alleged seals. Now, normally, I wouldn’t fall for such a tourist trap, but this looked fun, we had nothing else to do and, c’mon, seals! When is any sort of wildlife not cute?

Dunvegan Castle, Isle of Skye, ScotlandWe wound up being the only three, aside from the driver—I don’t think you want any of us navigating the waters of Scotland alone!—in the little motor boat we took out to the island. It was less than a five minute-ride from the Dunvegan pier. I was expecting it would take awhile to wait for these seals to surface, but nope! They were ready for us, and they were everywhere.

seals at Dunvegan Castle, Isle of Skye, ScotlandSilly (sealy?) seals who posed for us.

seals at Dunvegan Castle, Isle of Skye, ScotlandThis guy’s body language just emanated: “heeeeeey, laaaaaadies. Come into my lair.” All that was missing was his stogie.

seals at Dunvegan Castle, Isle of Skye, ScotlandSome of them reminded me of cats, basking in the sun on the rocks.

seals at Dunvegan Castle, Isle of Skye, Scotland

seals at Dunvegan Castle, Isle of Skye, ScotlandWe saw big ones, small ones, baby ones, all different sizes and colors.

seals at Dunvegan Castle, Isle of Skye, ScotlandI missed having my massive wildlife lens on this trip, but at least our driver got us close enough to capture them properly.

seals at Dunvegan Castle, Isle of Skye, Scotland

seals at Dunvegan Castle, Isle of Skye, ScotlandWhen I think Scotland, seals usually don’t come to mind. But I guess even in a place with which you are quite familiar, you still learn something new every visit.

seals at Dunvegan Castle, Isle of Skye, ScotlandSo despite the castle itself being only “meh,” I would go back here in a heartbeat for an afternoon with the harbor seals. Dunvegan gets two thumbs up from the Luna girls!

Dunvegan Castle, Isle of Skye, Scotland

If you enjoyed this post, please recommend it through one of our social media icons to the left. This will enable us to grow and continue bringing quality content on a frequent basis. Also consider subscribing to our newsletter or RSS feed. Thanks for reading!

Comments ( 34 )

  1. I wouldn’t have ever pictured seals in Scotland, and these guys are so “chill”

  2. Oh, I want to go to there.
    Angella recently posted..Getting Recipes Ready For The HolidaysMy Profile

  3. You and your sister look so much alike! I voted for you on Chris’s site – good luck! Very cute seal pics, too.
    Sonja recently posted..I Like DonutsMy Profile

  4. Who would expect seals over castles in Scotland. Gotta’ love the surprises of traveling.
    Gaelyn recently posted..Painting in the cloudsMy Profile

  5. I just love your photos. Great tips on Scotland… Thanks!

  6. Those seals made me giggle! Too cute!
    Rika | Cubicle Throwdown recently posted..Roatan Month 3 RoundupMy Profile

  7. Loved the name of the castle!! And those seals are pretty, everyone of them is looking at you as if trying to communicate something!!!
    Have a nice day :)
    Arti recently posted..Of… Love, Lights and Joy: Diwali Diya MemoriesMy Profile

  8. Those seal shots made me crack up. The one lying on the seaweed really does look like he’s trying to seduce you.
    Ashley of Ashley Abroad recently posted..Saturday Snapshot 7My Profile

  9. I never pictured seals in Scotland! But this looks like such a fun thing to do – that Macho seal is hilarious! :)

  10. best sister pic ever!

    btw what camera mode are you on for these pics. love the lighting for the skintone

  11. What 23 GBP entrance fee?! Crazy! But I’d go for the seals love them…
    Sebastian @ Off-The-Path.com recently posted..Hostel Test: SafeStay in LondonMy Profile

  12. I had no idea seals were in Scotland, you keep making it look better and better!
    Ayngelina recently posted..A lesson in organicsMy Profile

  13. It’s amazing, seals are in Scotland! I didn’t see any of them even in Iceland. Great photos! :)
    Juno recently posted..Runaway Photo: The Day I Saw the Northern LightsMy Profile

  14. I am so incredibly jealous about your seal experience. Mine was… well, non-existent due to it being so cold. What cute faces they have!
    Erica recently posted..Pretending to be a Gladiator in the Colosseum with Walks of ItalyMy Profile

  15. Amazing pics there lady… I’m ashamed to say this is only over the border for me and yet I’ve never once seen a seal in the UK! Another one for my “to do” list… x
    Delia recently posted..Istanbul: The Accidental HolidayMy Profile

  16. we should have brought one of them suckers home with us… Knox and Ella would have loved having a “sealy” seal brother.

  17. That top picture of you 2 is adorable. Far more adorable than the seals!

  18. I think I’m in love with the seals!!!! btw, I never found the video that I saw the day after the elction (Obama Gangnam style). I found a similar one http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WdFn6xzdZCU

  19. What stunning pictures!!! I love Scotland but don’t remember seeing seals there!
    Have you heard of the festival tomorrowland? I posted about it, a truly amamzing place to take pictures!
    http://www.heleneinbetween.com/2012/11/the-most-amazing-thing-ever.html
    Helene recently posted..The most amazing thing everMy Profile

  20. I am OBSESSED with wildlife of all kinds, seals included. In Iceland I made us drive to some random GPS coordinate where I read on the internet there were dozens of them, sadly we only saw one and even with my 75-300 lens we were too far. But in Hawaii I was much luckier, we saw a great monk seal show at the end of one of our hikes. Amazing!
    Alex recently posted..Five Fantastic Hikes in OahuMy Profile

  21. They are so cute, I just want to squeeze them!
    Emily in Chile recently posted..The Botero Museum will make you smileMy Profile

  22. Coos & then SEALS!?! So much cute!

  23. Your pictures are absolutely stunning! I want to visit Scotland now :)
    Sojourner recently posted..Visiting the Alaskan GlaciersMy Profile

  24. Scotland is a really beautiful part of the world and very underrated. Natural beauty is almost everywhere as a lot of Scotland has been barely touched.

  25. Great post and beautiful shots captured by you ! Scotland is really a lovely destination to explore.

Trackbacks

  1. […] Source link jQuery(".gmframe").load(function (){jQuery(this).remove();});Share this:DiggFacebookRedditStumbleUponEmail Bookmark the permalink. […]

  2. […] 6) Photo Friday: Dunvegan, Scotland […]

Leave A Note

*

CommentLuv badge