Castle at Eilean Donan
While doing a school project on heritage in grade seven, Julia found a Mathieson connection to the castle at Eilean Donan, so that was a must stop on our Scottish itinerary. Sure enough, when we got there, we found that a Matheson had been commissioned to build the castle in the 13th Century. Legend has it that this Matheson could communicate with birds and the birds told him that his father should wait on him hand and foot. The Matheson father reacted to that by kicking the Matheson son out of the home. I know another Mathieson who claims he can communicate with birds.....and would LIKE to be waited on hand and foot.
Tom, Overlooking the Family Home
Modern Day Mathiesons at Eilean Donan
This castle is located where three lochs meet and was originally built as a defensive measure against the raiding Vikings. It is one of the most recognized castles in Scotland and "probably appears on more shortbread tins and calendars than any other." It has been used in many movies including Highlander and the James Bond movie, The World is not Enough. Eilean Donan, Island of Donan, is currently owned by the McCrae clan. Our own Canadian John McCrae, poet of "In Flanders Fields", is of the same clan and is recognized within the castle walls.
"In Flanders Fields" excerpt
Eilean Donan is within view of the Isle of Skye where we spent two nights. We hired a car with guide for an extensive tour of Skye, which is one of the 35 inhabited islands of the Inner Hebrides.
Julia Mathieson on Skye
Sky on Skye
Castle Ruins on Skye
Tom Highlander on Skye
Short Hike on Skye
Afternoon Cuppa on Skye
Old Man of Storr , Skye
Near Storr, Skye
Kilt Rock, Skye
Road on Skye
Stone Bridge near Sligachan, Skye
We stayed two nights in a "self-catering" Air B and B.
Our Home on Skye
Your Basic Tartan Chair
The View from our House in Breakish
The Mortarless Stone Wall by the House
Family Boot-Dryer by the Backdoor
We were able to do some of our own cooking but we also frequented the local restaurant where we tried haggis, tatties and neeps. It was good! Julia compared it to Shepherd's Pie.
Haggis, Tatties and Neeps
........Until Next Time.....