While taking our annual break in Argyll in October we decided to take the road to Skye and visit Eilean Donan Castle, one of the most photgraphed and painted castles in Scotland and one which neither of us had ever been to before. We drove through rain and snow stopping to admire the stunningly beautiful scenery in biting cold winds to arrive at Eilean Donan in pleasantly warm autumnal sun.
The castle has been described as the most Romatic castle in Britian, indeed it has even won an award to that effect, however it’s romanticism passed me by. It is wonderfully quirky with stairways, corridors and little nooks all over the place, it has glorious views from just about every one of it’s windows, but for me their are several castles that would be further up the list of the most romantic castle in Britian. It is still however set in a beautiful surroundings and is clear to see why it is favoured so much by the photographer and artist.
The subject of castles that is.
During our trip around Scotland for the first time in my life I took a trip on Loch Ness and so was able to see Urquhart Castle from the Loch for myself. I was surprised at how invisible it seemed from a distance, with the dull light it blended into the surrounding views and suddenly was upon us. We looked but we didn’t see Nessie, although if you happen to ever see Nessie and he is wearing a tweed cap take a picture quick, it could be Hubby’s. In his enthusiasm to get a picture from the windy side of the boat it was whisked off his head and disappeared into the Lochs’ peaty depths.
From the Loch you can also see another castle hidden among the trees, the skipper of the boat did tell us what it was called but I have forgotten and can’t find a reference for it anywhere, if anyone knows I would be very grateful.
And to round off the subject, for now, I also got to see one of those other castles I have always wanted to but never managed to get to, Glamis Castle. It is a fairy tale with those turrets from the front but very plain at the back and it also has it’s very own lion, far more fitting than a gnome!
Hubby decided that we should go away for a few days to help with my recovery and because we were both due a holiday. With Venice and flying off the cards we ventured closer to home.
Today I was going to spend the day downloading and sorting out the pictures that were taken, however his camera is still in his car, and the car is with Hubby at work so for now there is only one, taken on my camera before the battery died – I forgot to take the spare battery with me! This was the view from our bedroom window, Inverness Castle.
The picturesque ruins of Urquhart Castle are south of Inverness jutting out into Loch Ness. It is a popular spot for Nessie spotting although I must admit I am always too enchanted by the Castle to ever do any of that when I am there.
The building has a long and chequered history and was blown up in 1692 to prevent it becoming a Jacobite stronghold. This site http://www.aboutscotland.com/ness/urquhart.html is a good place to find out more if you wish.