I felt as if I were coming home

Gavin Maxwell - 'Raven Seek Thy Brother'


Welcome to the Eilean Bàn Trust and Bright Water Visitor Centre website.












Situated between Kyleakin on the Isle of Skye and Kyle of Lochalsh on mainland Scotland, Eilean Bàn ('White Island') is a six-acre nature haven nestling below the Skye road bridge that spans the island. Originally home just to the lighthouse keepers and their families, it later became the residence of the author and naturalist, Gavin Maxwell.

Although internationally known for its association with Maxwell and with otters, Eilean Bàn supports a wealth of wildlife and natural heritage of both local and national importance. Nature trails (suitable for wheelchair users) wind around the island leading to different points of interest, including the award winning wildlife hide, a viewing platform and a sensory garden.

Guided visits to the island, including the Maxwell museum (a reconstruction of his 40ft living room with original artifacts, recreated by Virginia Mckenna) and Teko the otter's memorial stone, are booked via our contact page. Please note that the Bright Water Centre in Kyleakin has closed.

To savour the unique experience of staying on the island, exclusive self-catering accommodation is available. Alternatively, if you cannot visit, why not take a look at our 360° images.

We hope you enjoy our site!