Eilean Donan
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Don't Forget Dornie!
Eilean Donan Castle, located on a tiny island on Loch Duich, is one of Scotland's most famous castles, and a fun stop for both history buffs and scenic-seekers. I was surprised that even though it is one of the most visited attractions in the Highlands, there was not an overwhelming number of tourists (and we were there in the summer!). It was actually fairly quiet, with most of the bustling at the tourist center, which is located on the opposite end of the bridge from the castle. There is a gift shop and a very nice little cafe where we stopped for a cup of coffee before leaving. There is an entrance fee to visit the castle of several pounds, though as I recall, there is no fee when the castle is closed, so you can wander around the outside for free. Dornie is north of Fort William and on the way if you are heading to the Isle of Sky. The scenery, as was the case throughout all of Scotland, was exquisite!
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