Loch Around, We're In Scotland
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It was freezing when we turned up to the Bunkhouse and the temperature gauge on the car had dropped below 3 degrees. Yes it was a touch on the chilly side, but no matter we had arrived at our accommodation where it was going to be warm and toasty inside and a chance for a hot shower to defrost ourselves. Best of all it was cheap, only £10 per night and it included farm fresh eggs for breakfast the next day.
As we were driving down the little country lane to get to our cheap accommodation I was amazed at how beautiful the scenery was, the area was so remote and untouched you felt like you were the only ones in the world. The drive was long and winding, corner after corner, driving over one lane bridges and stopping in the passing bays to take in the sites, we really were a long way from anywhere but I was confident driving next to this loch that it would be Loch Long before we would reach our destination.
Disappointment could be a term to use once we arrived, as could fear. I’ll set the scene. It was raining, not heavily but a misty rain that seemed to have followed us throughout the day. We were cold and wet and after finally finding the property, we had to walk past a shed, which had firewood and an axe sitting there. Now being someone who has a vivid imagination this made me think of all the horror movies I never dared to watch, especially those of axe men but it was ok, I was going to step into the warmth and safety of the cottage, it was going to be fine.
After opening the creaky door expectantly waiting for the warmth from the roaring fire to hit us as we stepped inside, meant we were disappointed.
It was a good decision, driving back up the country lane for seven miles meant we were getting closer to ‘civilisation’ and closer to the castle we had visited earlier in the day.
The site of Eilean Donan Castle had mention of a fortified structure in the 13th century but fell into disrepair over the centuries until finally undergoing restoration in 1911 by Lt Colonel John Macrae-Gilstrap. You can visit the castle, going inside, see the displays and even take in a walk around the grounds. Entry was £4.50 (student price) and I thought it was well worth it. It’s not often you get to walk through a castle, and I really enjoyed that it had been a Hollywood set years ago for the Highlander movie in 1983. The classic movie had the impressive Scottish actor Sean Connery playing a Portuguese national with a thick Scottish accent. To say I am a huge 80’s movie fan is an understatement.
Moreover, this movie opened up my eyes to the Scottish accent.