A sigh of relief…….   Leave a comment

Well we survived another August, but just by the skin of our teeth! My lack of blog posts this month is purely down to the fact that we’ve had the busiest month in our entire history, with over 100,000 people visiting the site in the last 31 days.

It always amazes me that my team are able to show such resilience when faced with these type of numbers. It’s a great testament to them all that they still strive to give our visitors the best possible experience regardless of how many people they face. Anyone reading this who has to deal with large numbers of the public in their working life, will truly appreciate and empathise with how much of a toll this can take on you. The “youngsters” in our team have done particularly well this season. When you’re 16, 17 or 18, and just out of school, the whole Eilean Donan work experience in August can be quite a shock to the system!

Things have started to quieten down over the last few days, and a collective breather is being taken by us all as we return to a more peaceful normality. The autumn weather is just glorious; far better than anything we had in August, and the pace of life has slowed to it’s more gentile way. September is a fabulous month to visit Eilean Donan; the weather is invariably good, the autumn colours of the surrounding hills are stunning, the kids school holidays are all finished and generally there’s a lot less traffic on the roads.

There’s not a cloud in the sky this morning which has been just perfect for a photography shoot that started here at 6.30am. VisitBritain are shooting at a number of iconic locations all over the country for some promotional material for next year. Eilean Donan was selected as one of those sites, and they just could not have had a more perfect morning for it. They’ve enlisted the support of a couple of pipers, and I sneaked a quick shot to share with you seeing as they were in full regalia!

As an interesting footnote, the piper on the right of this photo is “Spud The Piper”,  who is famous all over the world for being the piper at Madonna’s wedding to Guy Ritchie.

Later on in the month we’ll be re-starting our Archaelogy project with a five week dig starting around the 27th of September. The results of the last few years have been fascinating, and we’re really looking forward to whatever gets unearthed this year.

Anyway, it’s time for a Cappuccino and a bun! Have a great day folks.


Posted September 2, 2010 by eileandonan in Miscellaneous

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