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Wednesday 25th of April 2018 - Hebrides, Scotland
Think of a Scottish castle set on a Hebridean rock, inhabited for 700 years by the same family, surrounded by wild and beautiful gardens, and you have an idea of Dunvegan Castle on the Isle of Skye, which we visited this morning. M/S Stockholm pulled up close to its battlements just like the galleys of centuries ago, and we came ashore beneath its lofty stone tower flying the ancestral clan flag of the Macleods. Inside the castle, elegant 19th century rooms led through thick ancient walls to medieval chambers and even dungeons where many a prisoner was incarcerated in turbulent times.
Then, sailing northwards and westwards, we came upon the Shiant Islands, a lonely group of small, steep basaltic islands, once inhabited and farmed, but now the home only of seabirds and seals. A Zodiac cruise took us into their realm of cliffs and magical caves: razorbills and guillemots flew overhead or formed groups in the water, rock pipits filled the air with their song, fulmars nested on ledges, puffins started to come in to land, and everywhere the watchful seals thronged the rocks and sea around us. In the distance little fishing boats from the Outer Hebrides ploughed the waves while, high above, a pair of white-tailed sea eagles soared. A truly Hebridean day of history and nature, land and sea.