Portree (Isle of Skye), Scotland, United Kingdom
Iconic Eilean Donan Castle & the West Highlands
Local Sightseeing, All
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Approximately 4¼ Hours
Skirt the base of the famous and treacherous Cuillin Mountains -- a dark brooding mass growing larger on the horizon. Two distinct rock types make up this range -- Red Cuillin (red granite) and Black Cuillin (dark grey basalt and gabbro) -- together forming one of the most distinctive and beautiful mountain panoramas in the whole of the British Isles.
At the south end of the Isle of Skye, you will cross the Skye Bridge -- a contentious project when it was built but now considered by many to be a blessing.
Your destination is the iconic Eilean Donan Castle on the mainland. This is Scotland's most-photographed castle and one glance at its achingly beautiful setting and perfect degree of dilapidation will leave no room for doubt that this special status is one hundred percent earned. Eilean Donan's image has graced the covers of calendars and postcards and the castle has even starred in such movies as Highlander and James Bond. Cross to the castle by way of a stone bridge and learn about its strategic location, presiding over the once-important confluence of Lochs Alsh, Long and Duich. A forbidding tower rises from the water's edge and its rather interesting history dates from the 13th century. You will hear stories of Bonnie Prince Charlie, Jacobite invasions and prophetic dreams. There are plenty of stories to go around -- bloody, bold and beautiful -- from the Vikings through to the 18th-century Jacobite rebellion. The contents of Eilean Donan reflect its amazing past, from the billeting room and its 12-foot-thick walls, to the lavishly decorated dining hall, with its secret tunnels behind the walls.
Return to the ship along the same panoramic route and, if time and traffic permit, enjoy some photo stops to capture some stunning Skye scenery.