Sunday 27th June 2010   1 comment

Wouldn’t you know it! My day off and I’m laid down with man-flu! Spent most of the day in bed gazing out at the rather heavy, grey and melancholy skies over the castle. It doesn’t feel like summer, but it does add to the moodiness of the place.

Eilean Donan’s mood seems to change with the movement of the seasons, the changes in the weather, the time of day, and the ebb and flow of the tides. People often comment on the Facebook page about the huge variety of different photographs of the place. Anyone who knows the west coast will tell you about the wonderful quality of light we enjoy up here, and there’s no doubt the whole area is a photographers dream, but today is a day to be inside with the comfort of a log fire!

I was telling you yesterday about the archaelogy work that we’re doing, focussing on the history of the medieval castle. In actual fact Skye & Lochalsh had 10 castles in the period between the 12th and 15th century. Today, all but two lie in desolate ruin, Eilean Donan and Dunvegan, but visitors to the region can still explore the remains of some of the lesser known structures. Back then, these fortifications were the hub of social, political and economic order for a society whose allegiances were shaped by family and kin. Such families were identifiable by surnames like MacRae, MacKenzie, MacLeod, MacAskill, MacDonald, MacLennan and MacKinnon.

The ten castles of Skye & Lochalsh are as follows-

  • Brochel Castle
  • Castle Camus
  • Castle Moil
  • Castle Uisdean
  • Clachan
  • Dun Ringill
  • Dun Sgathaich
  • Duntulm
  • Dunvegan
  • Eilean Donan

If you’re feeling adventurous and have the time, it’s very worthwhile seeking them out. Many of the regions most idyllic spots and best kept secrets are off the main tourist track. If you’re interested, then a particularly good book to help locate them and inform you is The Mediaeval Castles of Skye & Lochalsh. Happy hunting.

It’s time for a Lemsip and an early night, but before I go, I’d just like to say a huge thank you for all the input and messages of support for the blog. I’ve been surprised,  amazed and truly touched by some peoples reactions. Thank you.


Posted June 27, 2010 by eileandonan in Historical

One response to “Sunday 27th June 2010

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  1. Dun Sgathaich is probably my favorite “ruined” castle in Scotland, not that I have seen all of them in person by any means. The location is stunning and the history is fascinating.

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