Wallpaper Monday

Eilean Donan Castle

Eilean Donan Castle, in the western Highlands of Scotland. It was demolished by three ships of the Royal Navy in 1715, after a two-day bombardment and the taking of the castle. The Navy finished the job using 27 barrels of gunpowder. The reconstruction, which occurred some 200 years later, took a bit longer.

Interesting fact from Wikipedia:

A curious distinction is that it has one of only two left-handed spiral staircases in a castle in Great Britain, as the reigning king at the time of building held a sword with his left hand.

He must have expected that his sons would be left-handed, too.

(Click the image to Gaelicize.)


About Fletcher DeLancey

Socialist heathen and Mac-using author of the Chronicles of Alsea, who enjoys pondering science, politics, well-honed satire (though sarcastic humor can work, too) and all things geeky.
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5 Responses to Wallpaper Monday

  1. restlessjo says:

    I’ve climbed enough castle staircases in my time, but never this one. It’s a glorious shot, isn’t it?

  2. Lilaine says:

    Actually, the
    left-handed spiral staircases were built to prevent left-handed attackers (say, the reigning …British king) from having any ease/advantage ascending the staircase while fighting sword in hand, as they would have with a normal clockwise spiral. But as the Kerr clan did, the lord of the castle would have to train some of his swordsmen to use their left hand, to have an advantage, not only in the field, but defending the staircases. A good Scottish Lord, with some mighty left-handed fighters, would have taken great pride and joy at defying the British King in that way. I know I would… πŸ˜‰

    • oregon expat says:

      So it would be like having a special unit of sharpshooters, except that in this case it was the special unit of lefthanders. The times are different but the strategies are much the same…

  3. Jason Cleaver says:

    that is awesome. I’m gonna copy it for my screensaver folder with all the other awesome landscape pics..

  4. Mary Robertson says:

    Thanks, Fletcher, for the Scottish treat on my birthday…a beautiful and unusual spot indeed.
    Mary from Eugene,
    also of Clan Donnachaidh
    “Virtutis Gloria Merces”

    PS I clicked on “Gaelicize” and got a banner ad for Art Robinson for U.S. Congress, interesting…

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