Welcome to the site for the Eilean Bàn Trust and Bright Water Visitor Centre.
Our aim is to provide information on the island, its history and
wildlife, and the work of the Trust.
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.
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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 through
the Bright Water Visitor Centre in Kyleakin.