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September 12th 2015
Published: October 1st 2017
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Brekkies again in our room. We left a little after 10am. It was windy and overcast, but only a little rain. We made a stop at Eilean Douane castle, which was interesting. The castle sits on a small island in a loch, and you can easily see why it is photographed a lot. The keep is decorated in Scottish-Edwardian, if there is such a thing. Lots of recent family photographs as well as older portraits. The castle had been destroyed (like many others) during the Jacobite rebellion, and it was rebuilt in the early 20th century when the current owner married a distillery heiress and suddenly had the funds for construction. It was rebuilt on the old plans.

After the castle, we drove to the isle of Skye, where we had coffee then a picnic lunch. We didn't drive much on Skye, as we had a long trip to our hotel.

We drove through gorgeous high valleys, with peaks on all sides. We wondered who owns the land – we saw very few sheep or cows grazing. We wonder if they are just huge tracts of land owned by the major land-owners, but that farming isn't economically viable. Maybe the land is not good for grazing. Some of the roads were single-track, and there was enough traffic that it was hard going at times. It was a relief when we hit the two-lane roads again.

We arrived at our hotel about 5:30pm. We bathed and rested until dinner, served in the hotel dining room. Then to bed!


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