Visit to Scotland
September 4, 1967
For breakfast we had "porridge" which turned out to be sort of soupy oatmeal. It was a traditional breakfast for that area and was quite good. While we were finishing breakfast the lady of the house went out to milk the cow. The fawn and the calf took up their accustomed places at the barn door. We went out to pack the car and the fawn came to nose around the car. He, named Bambi of course, was very tame.
The deer and the dear check out the "boot" of the car.
The rain brought forth numerous waterfalls and the green countryside was very beautiful when the sun came out. At times we traveled on wide, modern roads and at other times on one-track roads with passing places every 100 yards or so.
The late afternoon sky promised a good sunset so we climbed the hill above the B&B and looked down the length of Loch Alsh.
I stayed and watched until about 8 PM. This was the second really outstanding sight of this trip. There were still clouds in the sky but the air was clear and we could see the distant Cuillan Hills on the Isle of Skye. The water shimmered in the late afternoon sunlight like it does in the light of a full moon and the undulating course of the loch was clearly outlined against the darker hills. The hills had the fascinating dark blue tint that we have seen nowhere else except in Scotland. With the dark silhouette of the castle against the loch it was a truly unforgettable sight.
This view of Eilean Donan Castle from the Dornie Bridge gives a wider view of its location, but the modern boats in the foreground detract from its sense of medieval mystery.