This picture happened on the day we travelled from Loch Lomond to Skye. It was one of the happiest days of our lives and this was (almost) the conclusion of it. Originally we had planed to take the ferry to Armadale, but we were too late and didn’t get a ticket for the ferry. So we had to take the Skye Bridge. But, was was the rule during the whole trip, there is always reason for things not exactly going the way we planned. And this was it.
To be honest, we didn’t pay much attention to the castles and other cultural sights. We were nature-bound. In part that was because we were travelling with a dog. A few things wouldn’t work out too well, so we focussed on nature and landscape. Which is why Eilean Donan came as a total surprise. We were heading towards Kyle of Lochalsh, concentrating on our route, when it suddenly appeared in front of us. As many of you may know, Eilean Donan is the most photographed castle in Scotland. I do believe that’s because it’s so easily accessible. It’s just by the road, there is convenient parking and you don’t have to look too long for the best place to take your picture.
As you can see, it was raining, when we came by. The sun was already low, breaking through the heavy, rainy clouds. Something I came to love in Scotland: the fact that you can have sunshine and rain at the same time. In the highlands you can develop an appreciation for rain and dramatic weather. Because it just belongs there. While sunny days are always nice, of course, this right here is the kind of weather, light and atmosphere that simply belongs to Scotland. And to the Highlands in particular. At least that’s how I feel it. This picture of Eilean Donan Castle in the rain is just one capture of many.
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