2019 Aug/Sept. South Africa, Scotland, Switzerland, Singapore travel blog

Train journey to Kyle of Lochalsh

Eilean Donna Castle

Heather just starting to flower

Day 25. Saturday. 7/9/2019. Inverness

We walked to the station and joined the train to Kyle of Lochalsh, a journey made all the more comfortable for us by facing forward. Some had to face backwards. The scenery was outstanding, and we were fortunate to be sitting on the right side of the train for the best views. Sometimes one can be lucky! We passed through the Scottish Highlands and lochs from east coast to west, seeing sheep, llamas, deer and passing through the village of Plockton which we visited in 1998 and where the TV series Hamish Macbeth was filmed many years ago. At the Kyle of Lochalsh we saw the B&B we stayed in, and it hadn’t changed! We drove over the ‘new’ bridge to the Isle of Skye - the bridge was new to us, built after our last visit. We continued by bus to Eileen Donna Castle, the ancestral home of the MacRae Clan dating back to the 13th Century. After a chequered history, the castle was in ruins from 1719 till 1911 when it was purchased by John MacRae-Gilstrap (who had a wealthy wife!), was restored from 1912 to 1932, and they and their 6 daughters and 1 son lived in it. Now their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren still come for short stays. It was opened to the public by grandson John MacRae in 1955. It was decorated and well presented as it would have been in the 1900’s. This is one of the most easily recognised castles in Scotland.

A long trip back to Inverness by bus, again driving through a beautiful glen and surrounded by majestic mountains and lochs. After dinner we prepared for an early ‘ports out’ tomorrow as we head back to London for our last night together as a group.

It will be hard choosing photos - so many!!

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