Day 8 - Castle Day - Eilean Donan, Dunvegan, Faeries & Carbost

Published: May 12th 2017
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Day 8 - Invergarry to Carbost

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Vistas of the loch thru the window
Todays trip will take us on a short loop around the Isle of Skye. Another sunny day makes for enjoyable driving. We passed Glen Shiel for pictures at the waterfall (another battlefield for the Jacobites).

First castle is Eilean Donan, one of the most well known castles. Original structure started in 580. It was rebuilt starting in 1912. At that time the average house cost was 200.00 GBP. The renovations cost 250,000.00 GBP. You can do the math to figure out what it would cost today. Great tour with a lot of history. Wierd Campbell Family crest is associated with the Macrae's. Crest has a seal on it instead of the wart hog. Left to head to Portree for some quick shopping, take away lunch a picture of the harbour and off to Dunvegan Castle.

Another beautifully restored castle that has a short boat ride to visit a colony of harbour seals for me, Sammy & Benny (while Elke toured the gardens).

Last part of this loop is to head to the Faerie Pools and then to Carbost & The Old Inn for the night. The Faerie Pools are a series of water falls and pools that have
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Great place for relaxing with a glass of port and a plate of cheeses
mystical qualities. The walk to get to them is not an easy one - Elke & I chose to skip the climb while Sam & Ben were more energetic. Located in the valley between 2 mountains the trail is smooth but very steep. Lots of visitors will travel here just to dip personal items into the brightly coloured pools. After the excursion we are off to Carbost and the Old Inn for the evening.

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Glen Shiel burn

Gaelic for fresh water
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Eilean Donan Castle

Classic view of this iconic castle
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The bridge to Eilean Donan

Eilean means island
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Eailean Donan

check out the sky - hard to believe

Last years pup on the right
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Dunvegan Garden


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