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Scotland – Eilean Donan Castle and Arriving at Skye Island

Published: 6.1.2018
In the morning, we set out to beautiful Highlands situated in the northwest. On our way, we pass snow-caped mountains veiled in morning mist. This tempts us to stop and take a beautiful picture. This time we are heading to a place to what we are looking forward the most to – Skye island. A road bloc complicates our travels. It absolutely confuses our GPS which frighten us a bit. We are running of fuel while gaining kilometers and there are not many gas stations around. Eventually, everything works out well and we continue in our journey.

Shortly before we reach our destination we stop at a beautiful Scotish castle. It is Eilean Donan (Eilean Donan Castle) situated on the island of the same name on Loch Duich lake. The castle was built at the beginning of the 13th century. Originally, it belonged to the Mackenzies. However, the name of the castle goes by tortured Celtic saint Donnan of Eigg.

Eilean Donan Castle

The castle is situated close to Dornie village. On the parking lot before the castle, there is a visitor's center. The island is linked to the land by a stone bridge. It costs 8 pounds to go inside. Unfortunately, you can't take pictures. The interior is very beautiful, the kitchen will surprise you how authentic it looks. Contemporary characters are there as well as artificial food. They also arranged cutlery and dishes as well as kitchen mice. On every floor of the castle, you can ask the staff about anything. We highly recommend you to visit this beautiful castle. You won't be disappointed.

Eilean Donan Castle

We leave the castle and follow the main road. Soon, there is the great looking Skye Bridge which gets us to Skye island. The following two nights shall be spent in Kyleakin village in the narrow pass of Loch Alsch. Apart from an amzing inn selling great bear and with a nice waitress there is a small harbor and Moil castle ruin.

Kyleakin, v pozadí Skye Bridge   Kyleakin

Skye Bridge   maják

The ruin was a defense tower in the 15th century and was a part of a larger fort. From here we set out to see the Skye Bridge completed in 1995. It is the only road linking the land and the island. By walking down stony coastline towards the bridge we see a beautiful lighthouse which stands right behind it.

Kyleakin – zřícenina hradu Moil

zřícenina hradu Moil

Light fog appears but we don't mind for we are about to visit a great Scotish place at the day's end. There the rain will not bother us. It is Talisker Whisky distillery. The main road takes to the very place. It takes us about an hour to get there by car. During our way we take pictures of many waterfalls as well as an old bridge. Then we finally arrive at the distillery.

cestou do palírny whisky Talisker   cestou do palírny whisky Talisker

The tour costs 10 pounds but this gives us a sale 5 pounds for a bottle of whisky sold in local souvenir store. In a small group with some Americans and Indians we set off to the whisky production facility where it is forbidden to take pictures. The guided tour is really great and takes a mere hour. Our guide advices us on how to drink whisky the best. It's already dark and fully satisfied we go back to Kyleakin while looking forward to the following day. There are the main torist attractions on Skye island.

palírna whisky Talisker

GPS: 57°16'21.9"N 5°44'12.9"W

Text and photos: Veronika Schubertová



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