What an amazing restored castle whom have been through too many battles to finally finished abandoned…
As one of the most iconic images of Scotland, Eilean Donan is recognised all around the world. Situated on an island at the point where three great sea lochs meet: Loch Duich, Loch Long and Loch Alsh, in the Western Highlands of Scotland and surrounded by some majestic scenery, it is little wonder that the castle is now one of the most visited and important attractions in the Scottish Highlands.
The castle was founded in the 13th century, and became a stronghold of the Clan Mackenzie and their allies the Clan MacRae. In the early 18th century, the Mackenzies’ involvement in the Jacobite rebellions led in 1719 to the castle’s destruction by government ships. Its ruins have been lying from 1719 to 1911. Then, purchased by Lieutenant-Colonel John MacRae-Gilstrap, 20 years of construction have been necessary to rebuilt this treasure of Scotland’s present building. The castle was re-opened in 1932.
Although first inhabited around the 6th century, the first fortified castle was built in the mid 13th century and stood guard over the lands of Kintail. Since then, at least four different versions of the castle have been built and re-built as the feudal history of Scotland unfolded through the centuries.
There are four generations of the MacRae family past, present and future who are still the Constables of Eilean Donan Castle today. You can explore nearly every part of the castle and enjoy a journey through the history of the area.
The most photographed Castle in Scotland, well, we weren’t surprised!
The great thing about this castle is its authenticity. Despite being refurbished, it seems great pains have been taken to restore it in an authentic manner. Lots to see in each of the rooms and the surrounding area create wonderful views from the castle.
The recreated kitchen scene with models and sound effects is excellent and gives a good feel to how it would have been preparing a meal all those years ago.
The opportunities for photos are excellent as Eilean Donan is located in a very beautiful place. The personnel is dressed in tartans and welcomes you with bagpipes music. The cafe is big and the food is really good. What a pleasure to enjoy a nice Flat White with a delicious Scone with a view facing the Castle! A quick rain on a sunny day, and there we were enjoying the most beautiful scenery, accompanied by a rainbow.
It is about 5 hours driving from Edinburgh or alternatively 2 hours driving from Fort Williams.
Eilean Donan Castle Website
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