Skye Serpentarium, Eilean Donan Castle & Plockton

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Eilean Donan Castle from the parking lot

FRIDAY: DAY 22: Up again at 8:30am. At breakfast we met 2 girls Christine & Kristine from Munich, Germany who were also touring the Highlands & we talked about the book " The Outlander Series" & they gave Suzi one of the books from that series & we also talked about celebrities. They were funny & just like us. lol Our first stop of the day was right down the road at the SKYE SERPENTARIUM that opened in 1991 as a exhibition and educational centre. It was a small building & had around 50 SNAKES, LIZARDS & FROGS that have been abandoned or rescued from being illegally imported. It was 2.50 pounds to get in. We had a SNAKE HANDLING SESSION  where we got to hold a snake & cradle it in our arms! Her name was GOLDIE & she was a Python and seemed very tame & warm. That was quite an experience!

We then went to the petrol station & stashed up on Chips & Candy Bars.

The long Bridge
I also bought a pair of Sword Earrings and 2 Books: one on Bonnie Prince Charlie & Flora MacDonald. The weather was rainy & cool. We got on the A87 across the SKYE BRIDGE & KYLE OF LOCHALSH to DORNIE to Scotland's most photographed castle, EILEAN DONAN that was used in the movie "Highlander" and is also known as Scotland's most Romantic Castle. It sits on LOCH DUICH and was built in 1220 by Alexander II as a defence against the Vikings. In 1719 the castle was destroyed & was not restored till 200 years later. There was an Exhibition which gave the history of the castle then a self guided tour that included the Billeting Room, Banqueting Hall, lots of Bedrooms and a recreated Kitchen. My favorite about this is the STONE CAUSEWAY that leads to the entrance.
Eilean Donan Castle
It is very picturesque.

Then we drove to PLOCKTON because we had read that is was a pretty village with PALM TREES. We stopped in a parking lot to take pictures of LOCH CARRON & the palm trees then were on our way. We  also saw LOCH EWE then went to AULTBEA to our Hotel. We had dinner here. We watched the rain as our table had views of the loch while I ate Grilled Cajun Chicken with Chips. It was very good. It was relatively early & we got on the internet & found the game FRUSTRATION in the lounge & played it. lol While we were playing, we heard the sound of bagpipes & out the window was a woman walking up & down the road playing Bagpipes! The hotel public bar was dead as there were a few old men & a couple teens playing pool. We drove down the road to a payphone to call home & it was an early night for us.

Aditu says:
There wasn't a day that went by that we didn't stock up on chips and candy, lol. mmmnn cheese and onion chips that would be awesome. AND CIDER!!! LOL
Posted on: Oct 19, 2006
euphemy says:
I get depressed on the airplane when we leave Scotland. Scotland is so dramatic with all the castles & scenery. I want to live there when I retire.
Posted on: Oct 18, 2006
hannajax says:
how can you stand seeing so many beautiful things, every day, day in and day out? aren't you burned out...how can you go back to life as you know it? especially once you've seen the "highlander" castle...good grief, girl. what a trip!
Posted on: Oct 17, 2006
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Eilean Donan Castle from the parki…
Eilean Donan Castle from the park…
The long Bridge
The long Bridge
Eilean Donan Castle
Eilean Donan Castle
The Tower
The Tower
Narrow steps
Narrow steps
View from the courtyard
View from the courtyard
Eilean Donan
Eilean Donan
View from the castle
View from the castle
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photo by: euphemy