Eilean Donan Castle, Scotland - Ancestral home of the Clan MacRae, Eilean Donan Castle sits on the sea-loch at Dornie, at the point where three Scottish lochs meet. The massive walls and vast fireplace are familiar features of Scotland's fortified buildings, though the Gothic, leaded windows owe more to Victorian romanticism.
Today the Great Hall contains fine furniture, family portraits and Jacobite memorabilia including a lock of Bonnie Prince Charlie's hair. It is Scotland's most romantic and recognizable castle, but it is not entirely what it seems. Although the name Eilean Donan (island of Donan) was established in the 6th/7th century, and the island of Eilean Donan has been a fortified site for at least eight hundred years, the present building dates largely from the early 20th century.
Today's castle, which rose from the ruins of its predecessor, was rebuilt between 1912 and 1932 by Lieutenant Colonel John MacRae-Gilstrap. You can explore almost every part of the Castle from the banqueting hall to the bedrooms and follow in the footsteps of many a warrior, from the Vikings to the Jacobites. If it looks familiar, the opening sequences of Hollywood's Highlander were shot here.
Our Cruise in Scotland
We drive through Glen Moriston and stunning Highland countryside to romantic medieval Eilean Donan Castle, setting for the film Highlander. It has an idyllic island setting with commanding views of three sea lochs and frequent sightings of otters, dolphins and the Isle of Skye.
We cruise sedately through the Great Glen between Inverness and Fort William, navigating beautiful lochs and the scenic, absorbing Caledonian Canal. Ancient castles perched on the water's edge, heather-clad hillsides and arguably the finest inland cruising in the world. The legends of the past, the taste of single malt and the mythical inhabitant of Loch Ness all contribute to a special magic only experienced in Scotland's dramatic Highlands.
Scottish Highlander has the atmosphere of a Scottish country house with subtle use of tartan furnishings and landscape paintings. At 117 feet she is spacious and has every comfort for year-round cruising.
Cuisine is traditional Scottish fare -- salmon, game and seafood, prepared by your own Master Chef, and the barge's experienced crew of four will take care of your every need.
A cruise aboard Scottish Highlander along the Great Glen as you admire some of Scotland's finest scenery will be unforgettable.
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