Myths and legends live
The portal opens
Enriching a world turned grey
The photo for this week’s prompt was taken in the Scottish Highlands at Eilean Donan, a castle built on a small island where the Loch Alsh meets Loch Duish and Loch Long.
The castle was long closed by the time we stopped there, briefly, but it is a place I had long wanted to see for myself. It is probably one of the most photographed castles in the Highlands and certainly one of the loveliest settings.
The castle was originally built in the thirteenth century, and was a stronghold of the Clans Mackenzie and MacRae, built to defend againt Viking invaders. It was destroyed after the clan’s involvement in the eighteenth century Jacobite uprising and remained in ruins until it was rebuilt and restored by Lieutenant-Colonel John Macrae-Gilstrap in the twentieth century.
The castle may be familiar to many as it has been used in many films over the years, including David Niven’s version of Bonnie Prince Charlie, Highlander, Bollywood movies and the Bond film, The World Is Not Enough, to name but a few.
Like all good castles, Eilean Donan has its fair share of ghosts. A ghost known only as Lady Mary is said to walk the bedrooms, while a headless soldier… clutching his severed head… id thought to be one of the forty-six soldiers whose heads were spiked atop the walls after the castle was taken during the Jacobite Rebellion.
But it is not only in the castle that strange things may be seen. The island is said to be the burial place of the Otter Kings and the waters of Loch Duich are home to a creature with a sinuous neck that sounds very like the fabled monster of Loch Ness.
The waters are also home to selkies, the seal maidens who can change their shape from seal to human by casting off their skins…but cannot change back without them. Legends tell how three brothers fell in love with three seal maidens and hid the skins, taking the maidens as their wives. The first, loving his selkie and seeing her distress, gave her back her discarded skin and was able to be with her once every nine nights. The second seal maiden found her skin and escaped back to the loch. The third died a horrible death when her husband attempted to burn the fur to prevent her from leaving… True love does not seek to hold or constrain.
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