Eilean Donan Cruise
This trip will leave the pontoon at Kyle (situated opposite the Lochalsh Hotel and 5 minutes walk from the train station) and will follow the coastline up to Eilean Donan castle, with plenty of opportunity to take photos of any passing wildlife.
The trip will pass opposite the village of Kyleakin and Castle Moil, a ruined fortress built in the late 15th century. Legend states that it was originally built for a Norwegian princess known as 'Saucy Mary' who would charge a toll to any boat using the narrow channel by hanging a chain from the castle to the mainland to prevent unpaid crossings.
The trip will pass Glas Eilean (Green Island) until arriving at Eilean Donan and the spectacular castle. A famous iconic image of Scotland from the rarely-viewed sea angle.
Castle Eilean Donan has been a fortification on this island since the 13th century and this castle has a great history. In 1719 the castle was occupied by 46 Spanish soldiers who were supporting the Jacobites, while awaiting the delivery of weapons and cannons from Spain. The English Government caught wind of the intended uprising and sent three heavily armed frigates to bombard the castle. For 3 days the 14 feet walls were bombarded. Finally, the Spanish defenders were overwhelmed. Following the surrender, the government troops discovered the magazine of 343 barrels of gunpowder which was then used to blow up what had remained from the bombardment.
Eilean Donan lay neglected, abandoned and open to the elements, until Lt Colonel John Macrae-Gilstrap bought the island in 1911. Along with his Clerk of Works Farquar Macrae, he dedicated the next 20 years of his life to the reconstruction of Eilean Donan restoring her to her former glory. The castle was rebuilt according to the surviving ground plan of earlier phases and was formally completed in the July of 1932.
You will able to have a complete recording of your trip, by done or by photographic images. This can be arranged at any time of day and is particularly picturesque at sunset, if preferred.
- Adult Price - £20
- Child Price - £15 (under 10 years)
- Start Time (morning) – 10am
- Start Time (afternoon) – 2pm
- Duration (1 hour)
- Months – April > September
- Days – 7 Days a week