Gavin Maxwell's Cottage

Gavin Maxwell, author of 'Ring of Bright Water", conservationist and shark hunter (how did those two work together?), secret agent, aristocrat and artist, lived in the cottage on Eilean Ban for the last two years of his life in the late 1960s. He had already owned the island for five years, having bought it from the lighthouse board in 1963. During his time here he converted the lighthouse keepers' cottages into one home, continued his writing and painting and established a small zoo of native scottish animals.

 

Gavin Maxwell's Long Room

Today the island supports the north end of the span of the Skye Bridge and is linked to the mainland by the road causeway. It remains though a wonderful place to visit.

Guided tours can be arranged through the Bright Water Centre in Kyleakin (01599 530040), itself a really good place for both adults and children to spend some time. The tours of the island are excellent, and include entry to the main cottage and to the top of the Stevenson lighthouse. There are lots and lots of points of interest on the tour, and there are otter viewing hides with a great view of their favourite haunts on the north of the island.

Eilean Ban Lighthouse