Eilean Donan Castle

If you want to see castles in Scotland, then Eilean Donan Castle is surely at the top of the list – arguably the poster boy for castles in the highlands, this iconic structure is recognised around the world for it’s incredible surroundings. Head up to Inverness to snap some pictures of this classic Scottish monument, learn some fascinating history and take a breath of wonderful highland air.

What's the most iconic castle in Scotland?

Plastered all over promotional items, calendars and maybe your favourite Scottish shortbread brand, Eilean Donan castle is one of the highlights of the highlands. Built and re-built over hundreds of years, the castle has been witness to Scotland's turbulent history while being surrounded by beautiful wilderness. You'll find the castle just under a 2 hour drive from Inverness via the A82 and A87, right next to the Isle of Skye.

Eilean Donan may not be the most magnificent castle structure you’ve ever seen, but it’s turbulent history and breath-taking environment is what keeps bringing visitors year-on-year. The castle is situated on it’s own island overlooking the isle of Skye, in the west-coast of Scotland where the three great sea-lochs meet and surrounded by the wild and beautiful mountains of Kintail. It’s history dates all the way back to the 6th century, being rebuilt numerous times as the chaos of feudal Scotland unfolded around it. It’s no wonder the castle is a popular filming location, starring in classics like Highlander and James Bond: The World is not Enough.

Within the castle you can explore it’s historical rooms, where you’ll find a range of Jacobean artefacts remaining from the Jacobite uprising in the 18th century, and a fantastic collection of art and display of weapons, with guides on hand to share with you an abundance of knowledge. Discover the ancient battlements and cannon balls used to resist Viking invasion, and take a peek through the spy holes to get a look at the spectacular surroundings. Keep an eye out for wildlife, as dolphins, porpoise, otters and a variety of birdlife have been spotted around the island.

Don’t forget to cap of your visit by relaxing with some delicious home-made produce in their café, and take something home to commemorate your visit at the gift shop!

  • Operates by seasonal opening hours, check website for times
  • Adults £10.00
  • Concessions (Seniors Aged 60+) £9.00
  • Family (2 Adults + 3 Children Age 5-15) £29.00
  • Children over 5 £6.00
  • Under 5s FREE

Eilean Donan Castle

Dornie, Kyle of Lochalsh
Scotland
IV40 8DX
Phone: 01599 555202
Email: [email protected]

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