Nearby loomed Dunvegan Castle. Seat of the MacLeod Clan, this castle has been occupied since 1200. We toured the castle and viewed the many treasures it houses, none more intriguing than the Fairy Flag. Imbued with magic power, the flag can save the clan from destruction if waved in a true crisis. But, having been waved twice already, power for only one more rescue remains!
Later in the day, on the Isle of Rum, we visited a castle of a completely different sort. Kinloch, hardly an ancient site, was built in 1901. It is a nouveau riche residence with all the trappings of newfound nobility, plus the quirky modernity of Edwardian invention. We saw mounted stag's heads in profusion, clunky toilets glazed with lovely chrysanthemums, showers that sprayed hot water from every direction, and a mechanical orchestra. After touring the house, we adjourned to the ballroom, where a special reception had been laid out for us. We sampled hors d'oeuvres and tasted whiskey from nearby distilleries.
Whiskey, bulls and castles - always a fine combo, and never better than in the Scottish Isles!