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Skirt the base of the famous and treacherous Cuillin Mountains, a dark brooding mass growing larger on the horizon. Two distinct rock types make up this range-Red Cuillin (red granite) and Black Cuillin (dark grey basalt and gabbro)-together forming one of the most distinctive and beautiful mountain panoramas in the whole of the British Isles.
At the south end of the Isle of Skye, you will cross the Skye Bridge and continue to the iconic Eilean Donan Castle. This is Scotland's most-photographed castle and one glance at its achingly beautiful setting and perfect degree of dilapidation will leave no room for doubt that this special status is well earned. Eilean Donan's image has graced the covers of calendars and postcards and has even starred in such movies as "Highlander" and a James Bond film.
Presiding over the once strategically important confluence of Lochs Alsh, Long and Duich, the castle's forbidding tower rises from the water's edge and is joined to the shore by a narrow stone bridge with sheer mountains as a backdrop. The 13th-century castle's history is fascinating. There are plenty of bloody, bold and beautiful stories from the Vikings through to the 18th-century Jacobite rebellion. The contents of Eilean Donan reflect this amazing history, from the billeting room and its 12-foot thick walls to the lavishly decorated dining hall with its secret tunnels behind the walls. You will hear stories of Bonnie Prince Charlie, Jacobite invasions and prophetic dreams.
You'll return to the ship along the same route and, if time and traffic permit, enjoy some photo stops to capture some stunning Skye scenery.
NOTICE: All Oceania Cruises shore excursion fares are listed per person, and are subject to change and availability. Some tours are capacity controlled and may be withdrawn at any time without prior notice. Tour departure times are subject to change so please reference your actual tour ticket for the correct departure time. Minor children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a an adult parent or guardian on all shore excursions. While Oceania Cruises makes every effort to adhere to the specifics mentioned in each shore excursion description, circumstances may require otherwise. All shore excursion information contained on this website is subject to change without notice at Oceania Cruises’ discretion. Oceania Cruises is not responsible or liable for typographical error, omissions or misprints.
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