A castle on an island – wow. Prison for a year of Mary Queen of Scots – double wow. We arrived about after lunch midweek about 2 pm at the boat launch. Asked when the next boat was leaving. Basically, told when you are ready. These are small boats holding maybe 20 adults. We were the only two aboard. Had a nice conversation with the boat operator who passed on some of the history of the area. We arrived at the island and there were three people waiting to take the boat back. We had the whole place to ourselves.
For about an hour we wandered the grounds read the signs and the history of the place explored the shoreline and took pictures. It was magical, with the silence broken only by the sounds of the birds.
Highly recommend this tour and even better to be the only ones on the island.
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