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And even Portree, the single town on Skye -- whose harbor you see here -- seems pretty far away from the world.
The mountains of Skye appear very tall because they rise up out of the sea and because they are so far north there's little vegetation on most of them. As you peer up among the crevices and crags you expect almost to see Norse warriors tramping the heights.
On a windswept hill at the top of Skye there's a cemetery. And in that cemetery is the grave of and the monument to Flora Macdonald, perhaps the greatest and most beloved heroine of Scotland.
It was she who concealed Bonnie Prince Charlie as her maid and managed to hide him away from the British army, which had offered a reward of thirty thousand pounds for his capture after the battle of Culloden in April of 1746.
The inscription on the monument is from Samuel Johnson, who met Flora Macdonald during his tour of the Hebrides in 1773. It reads: "Her name will be mentioned in history and if courage and fidelity be virtues, mentioned with honour."
Many people still drive to this remote spot to honor Flora Macdonald and I suspect most of them come away feeling as one of our party did, who said, "It's a fine spot for her to lie, looking out over the sea."
The island is about forty miles from the southeast corner to the northern tip, but it's a long forty miles. The roads are narrow, many of them single track with wider passing spots, as  you can see from the photograph. And there are few enough cars on them to allow you to feel that you, all alone, are going to the ends of the earth.
In Scotland:
The Isle of Skye

John Turner

Some of the tourist guides say that with the building of the bridge connecting it to the mainland the Isle of Skye has lost much of its mystery and remoteness. But if you go there in May you'll find that it's still out of the way enough for most tastes. You might even say it's barren, but if so, it's a condition combined with great beauty. The clouds swirl across Skye so rapidly that you won't see the same scene for more than ten minutes.