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whats there | possibly the most photographed castle in  Scotland Eilean Donan


Eilean Donan Castle

This tidal island fortress was brought back to life by Lieutenant Colonel John MacRae-Gilstrap in the early part of last century, having been left a ruin in 1719, after being bombarded by English warships.

The history of fortification on the island stretches back over 800 years. The island was once thought to have been inhabited by the religious hermit St. Donan, hence the name Eilean Donan - Island of Donan. Robert the Bruce sheltered here in 1306 after the ill-fated attempt to recapture Perth.

Today you can marvel at the interior reconstruction, which is faithful to the original plan. The castle was rebuilt between 1912 and 1932 with a causeway added to facilitate access to the island.

Today, it is one of the most photographed castles in Scotland if not the world. It has become well known world wide through films such as "Highlander" and the James Bond movie "The World Is Not Enough".

There are guided tours of the castle and the visitor centre has a gift shop and cafe together with a gallery.

The castle is a popular tourist attraction as well as a regular backdrop for wedding photographs and TV advertising.

Additional Information:

Link to YouTube video of Eilean Donan Castle


Eilean Donan castle in the 1800's


Banqueting Hall in Eilean Donan Castle


Interior of Eilean Donan castle


Eilean Donan castle in winter


Eilean Donan castle overlooking Loch Alsh


Eilean Donan castle stands guard over the Road to the Isles


Eilean Donan castle is located beside the picturesque village of Dornie


Entrance to the bridge which arches over Loch Alsh to Eilean Donan castle


Eilean Donan castle sits on a tidal islet and is accessed by a bridge at high tide


Eilean Donan castle is popular for weddings and as a dramatic location for major films James Bond & Highlander