Eilean Donan Castle is an iconic Scottish landmark.  Located on a small island in Loch Duich the castle can be reached via an impressive stone bridge which links from the castle back to the mainland and visitors centre.  It is said to be the most photographed castle in Scotland, its not hard to understand why  … you’ll get it once you see the photos below.

Originally built around 1230 and once a stonghold of the Clan Macrae for some 500 years, today the castle is almost a total reconstruction following near total ruin at the hands of a Jacobite uprisings in around 1719.  It was due to one brilliantly names Lieutenant Colonel John MacRae-Gilstrap, that the castle that the castle was restored to former glory.  He bought the island in 1911, some 200 years after the castles destruction, and had to open again 1932.

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On our roadtrip around western Scotland and the Isle of Skye earlier this year my friends and I were lucky enough to pass by Loch Duich and so we decided to stop and have a closer look.  Sods law the day we visited the castle was closed due to a tad more restoration/maintenance work.  No luck in acting out a slightly duff scene from Game of Thrones for us, but I managed to scribble down the admission prices if you now feel inspired enough to visit on your next visit to Scotland.  Parking was also free and the gift shop served a nice cup of tea, lovely.

  •  Adults £6
  • Concessions £5
  • Under 15’s £3

 

Eilean Donan Castle

Eilean Donan Castle

… Oh, and if you’re thinking that the castle looks familiar, but that you’ve also never been to the Highlands and so wonder how exactly it seems familiar, this a certain 80’s movie might have something to do with it …