Archive for November 2010

An affair of the heart.   9 comments

I feel as though I’ve been neglecting both the Facebook page and the Eilean Donan Blog lately, although in my defence, things have been a little out of my control…….

At 11.00am on Saturday 20th of November, I had a rather inconvenient and very unexpected heart attack, which came as something of a shock, and landed me in hospital for a stretch. Without going into too much detail, I’m now resting at home having had a bit of surgery, and am hoping to start a gradual return to work at some point next week, all being well.

I’d just like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you for all the messages of support and offers of help that both myself and my family have received over the last 10 days. I can’t begin to find the words to tell you how much we’ve appreciated it.

Anyway, I hope to re-start things real soon, and apologies again for the recent lack of posts.

Happy St Andrews Day.


Posted November 30, 2010 by eileandonan in News

Winter projects   1 comment

Good morning folks, I’ve been a bit busy with one thing and another and suddenly realised that it’s been some time since my last blog. The first snow has kissed the peaks, and winter is definitely on its way! The operation has been closed for a fortnight now, but the experiment with the limited winter opening of the castle has certainly been a success. Hundreds of people have taken advantage of it, and I can already see that we’re going to have to extend the service next winter. It’s nice not to have to disappoint people who have come a long way to see us.

On a personal note, I’ve got plenty to be getting on with as usual. People often comment on the fact that I must enjoy the winter months and have a nice quiet, easy life! This always makes me laugh, as in actual fact in many ways I’m actually busier than normal with a variety of different projects to progress. The winter closure months are critical to us as it’s really the only time we have to continue¬† the development of the operation, and this year is no different. As well as the annual maintainance and general house-keeping work that has to be done, I’m working on a number of other issues, including

  • The launch of our new on-line shop.
  • The installation of a brand new purpose built servery for the Coffee Shop.
  • An upgrade and complete refurbishment of our holiday cottage including a new extension.
  • The preparation for the opening of a new area within the castle itself.
  • Roof repairs to the service areas of the castle.
  • Launch of a brand new web-cam service.
  • Electrical over-haul in the castle.

Staff start to return to work about 14 to 15 weeks after we close, and I’m always amazed as to just how quickly that time goes in. I start the winter with a considerable job-list, and always seem to have a struggle to complete it by February when recruitment challenges start to take priority. Never a dull moment in the life of a Castle Keeper, and I wouldn’t have it any other way to be honest!

The end of season staff party was a great success last week with more than a few memorable moments to treasure! I’ll post up a few photos on the Facebook page once I’ve collected the bribery payments from those in question! To give you a wee taste, we had appearances from a magician, two Sumo wrestlers and a rather dodgey looking Elvis! But thats another story for another time!

Hope you’re all well, bye bye for now!

Posted November 16, 2010 by eileandonan in News

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