Eilean Donan Castle is one of Scotland’s most iconic images and is recognised around the world. Appearing on everything from biscuit tins to blockbuster movies, the castle is an important and popular attraction and one of the most visited in the Scottish Highlands. Located on an island where three lochs meet, Eilean Donan Castle is surrounded by breathtaking scenery and was built during the mid-13th century when it guarded the land of Kintail. Four different renderings of the castle have been constructed and reconstructed since then as the feudal history of Scotland emerged over centuries.
During the 1719 Jacobite uprising Eilean Donan Castle was partially destroyed and lay in ruins for almost 200 years until the island was bought in 1911 by Lieutenant Colonel John MacRae-Gilstrap who restored the castle over 20 years, reopening it in 1932. Today the castle is open to the public for tours where you can explore almost every part of the amazing structure including the magnificent internal rooms. A visit to Eilean Donan Castle allows you to view Jacobean artefacts, period furniture, fine art and weapons displays and is a popular attraction with families where kids can swing a Claymore, lift cannon balls and explore ancient battlements. There is also a wealth of wildlife found around the island including birdlife, dolphins, porpoise and otters.
Some people say Eilean Donan is Scotland’s most beautiful and famous castle and it has appeared in many films, including Bonnie Prince Charlie (1948), The Master of Ballantree (1953), The New Avengers (1976), Highlander (1986), Loch Ness (1996), Entrapment (1999) and James Bond - The World is Not Enough (1999). There are many reasons why Eilean Donan Castle enjoys such an iconic and romantic status in the hearts of both the nation and its visitors, however to truly understand the magic of this breathtaking historical attractions, you have to come and see it for yourself.