Eilean Donan Castle
Eilean Donan Castle at night

Places to Visit

From your base at the Cluanie Inn you can visit the impressive Eilean Donan Castle which you may recognise from the film 'Highlander'. It was built in the 13th century and restored in the 19th century. This is one of the most photographed castles in Scotland and with good reason. Standing on a promontory of Loch Duich, linked to the shore by an arched causeway, it's a sight that stirs the emotions of every visitor.

Press on past the village of Dornie to arrive at Balmacara. Here the Balmacara estate covers half of the Lochalsh peninsula and is owned by the National Trust for Scotland. The estate includes the Lochalsh Woodland Garden. Carry on to arrive at Kyle of Lochalsh, once the ferry port for Skye and now the site of the 'famous' toll bridge. This is the end of the line for rail travellers from Inverness.

Close to Kyle is Plockton, now best known for its role as Lochdubh in TV's "Hamish Macbeth". The picturesque village has one of the most sheltered bays in the Highlands, as the palm trees prove. It is a haven for sailors from all over the UK. Watch out for Highland cattle meandering down the main street and, perhaps on a hot day, cooling themselves in the bay.

On the well recommended boat trips look for seals (guaranteed) and also otters

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