Eileann Donan Castle is near the Kyle of Lochalsh, Scotland. I went there once in winter and once at the end of autumn. This place is steeped in ancient mystery, wonder and a sense of the densely lived past. When peering over the loch and the pristine quiet wilderness, you are peering into the deep history of the world.
The sum and total prehistoric, medieval and modern world. It’s easy to get a sense of the wonder when the sun sets and you experience first-hand the soft apricot coloured sky.
I went here in October and took this photo at dusk. After spending the day journeying there with friends. These remain some of the best photos I’ve ever taken but that wasn’t hard because of the sheer beauty of the place. It is the most snapped scene in all of bonny Scotland and being the disgraceful tourist that day, I took many photos. It was this view, among many others in Scotland which convinced me with all of its swirling, pagan magic that I needed to reside there long term.
Something very deep pulls me to Scotland and I am not sure what it is. Perhaps the 40% Celtic blood flowing through my veins, that could explain it. Many people who go there simply can’t leave because of this strong magnetic pull to the landscape. Let me tell you though, in the depths of winter it is fucking freezing and I really did miss the scorching Australian and New Zealand sun during those winters. Ass deep in snow and sleet and living off smoked haddock and porridge, it gets pretty bleak up there. But when the mountains and lakes warm up, and by warm I mean I balmy 13 degrees, and when the sun peeks her fiery red head over the horizon – the magic is worth a thousand highland winters.
I hope you enjoy these photos of mine. Have you been to Eileann Donan Castle? If so then share your links below I would love to see your photos.
I have written extensively about living and travelling in Scotland. If you would like to read more, here’s a story about Edinburgh slang, another about Scotland‘s legendary bard, Robert Burns. Another about the Lewis Chessmen and another about the gloaming on the Isle of Skye.
2 thoughts on “Travel: A visit to Eileann Donan Castle”
Scotland always reminded me a bit of the south island of NZ. I think lots of scots choose dunedin because the awful weather reminded them of home. These pics could be right from braveheart!
I know right 🙂 I think it’s one of the most photographed places in Scotland Eileen Donan. I went down to Dunedin a while ago and was delighted to find a Leith Walk and Water of Leith etc which is just like in Edinburgh. Dunedin is a pretty city although freezing…do you miss it?