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Eilean Donan Castle

Dornie, Kyle of Lochalsh IV40 8DX, UK
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Eilean Donan Castle
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Eilean Donan Castle
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Sun - Sat 10am - 4pm

Eilean Donan Castle

Eilean Donan is the über-castle of the Highlands, perched on a rocky islet in a tidal loch on the road to the Isle of Skye. After crossing an arched stone bridge, visitors may recognize the setting from such films as Highlander and The World Is Not Enough. The seat of Clan MacRae, the castle dates to the 13th century, when it was erected to deter Viking invasions. Destroyed and rebuilt four times as the feudal history of Scotland unfolded, it was restored to its former glory in 1932 and remains open to visitors to this day. 

Guests can climb the steps to the Keep Door, explore the Billeting Room and its historical artifacts (Chippendale furniture, cannonballs fired during a 1719 bombardment, Liverpool china tea sets, dueling pistols), and marvel at the Banqueting Hall, featuring timber ceiling beams shipped from British Columbia during the castle’s restoration. Should you wish to spend the night, there’s even a cottage overlooking the castle, available for both weekly and four-night stays.

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almost 4 years ago

Eilean Donan Castle

The prototypical Highland castle with its drawbridge, tower, spectacular ramparts and fantastic setting on a sea-loch near the Isle of Skye, Eilean Donan is probably the most photographed pile of stones and mortar in the country. Originally constructed to repel Viking invaders in the 13th century, the condition of the castle today is thanks to a 20th-century restoration. The whole spectacular place looks like it belongs in a mythical world—either that or in an over-the-top movie.
over 5 years ago

Eilean Donan Castle

As we came around the bend on the main tourist route to the Isle of Skye, Eilean Donan Castle majestically came into view. Located on a small tidal island in Loch Duich in the western part of the Highlands, Eilean Donan Castle is probably one of the most iconic castles in Scotland. Easily accessible, the castle has lots of parking and there are several places to stop to take photographs.
over 5 years ago

A Castle in the Highlands

Eilean Donan Castle sits in a remote loch in the Scottish Highlands. Dating back many centuries, it is the seat of the MacLean clan. The scenery around and the location of the castle makes it the perfect picture postcard.
over 5 years ago

13th century castle

The castle and its walls were built in the 13th century as a defensive position against the Norse. In the 1700's the castle was destroyed and left in ruins for about 200 years. Restoration began in the early 1900's to serve as a home. Today the castle looks like it would have in the 17th-18th centuries. Very worth a visit.