Eilean Donan

It was late October 2003 and I was leaving the Isle of Skye after spending nearly three weeks (of a two month trip) in Portree.  The week prior had been one of brilliant weather, but the last had night brought fresh snow to the Cuillins, so it was on a cold and misty afternoon that my friend Kylie and I said goodbye to the girls at the hostel (where we had been working) a hopped on an Intercity bus headed towards the magnificent Glen Coe.  The sun was getting low in the sky as I looked out the window as we passed Eilean Donan castle and the surrounding mountains with a light dusting of fresh snow. I thought to myself that I’ll have to come back and take a photo one of these days.  I passed the castle again in the autumn of 2006, but the day was ugly and gray, not the moment I was looking for…

So finally, back in May and after nearly five years, I managed to get pretty close to the image I’ve had in my head all this time.  Now I just need to come back when there is a bit of snow around and all will be perfect.   Hopefully I wont have to wait another five years…

Scotland Stock Photo: Eilean Donan castle at dusk panoramic. © Cody Duncan photography

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