The sun shining in the window wakes Carolyn about 5:30AM, but she rolls over and goes back to sleep. By 8:40, when she wakes again, the sky is dark and looks like it will rain any minute. Dick is up and on his computer; a business issue.
We have no plans for today as it is suppose to rain all day. There are some things, like the laundry and packing, that we need to do for the travel day tomorrow down to Fort William. So after breakfast Carolyn starts a load of wash and we both work on emails and getting pictures sorted and the blog for the last two days posted. Carolyn makes some tuna salad for lunch later.
At 11AM, it still hasn’t started raining so we decide to head into Portree to look at some of the shops offering things made here on the Island. The weather station is saying the rain will start around 2PM. We will also try to find the Pictish Stone that is just west of Portree. We tried to find it the other day but missed the turn.
Driving to town the light is really something else and we stop several times for pictures. We luck out with a parking spot right by the shops so we do the shopping stop first. The shops mostly have woolens, but Carolyn does find a few little gift items while Dick takes a few more pictures of the old buildings around the harbor. There is also a small cruise ship in town today.
We drive up to the Stone and since it has now stopped raining Dick gets out too! Carolyn gets her picture! Actually it is interesting with the carved symbols of a double disk and a Z rod across the middle of the rock and a crescent and V rod above it. The meaning of the symbols and the purpose of the stones are lost to time now as the rocks were carved by the Picts, a group of tribes that came together to oppose the Romans. This group occupied parts of eastern Scotland north of the Forth-Clyde line for several hundred years after the Roman Empire's collapse in the third century AD until they became part of the Kingdom of Scotland in mid 800AD. The rock was found in 1880 in an old house being torn down. It was being used as a door jam! There are 242 known stones and all but 6 are found in north eastern Scotland. They have found three on Skye. Glad we got to see it.
About 4PM Carolyn notices a beautiful, full rainbow in a very dark cloud. Trying to take a picture she sees that there is a very faint second rainbow, how nice! Later, as we are getting dinner, a pizza, ready, it begins to clear in the west. The setting sun gives us a beautiful color display on the water and clouds to the east. The light has really been interesting and different today!