Eilean Donan Castle (Scotland)
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Eilean Donan is one of the most iconic images of Scotland, famous throughout the world. Situated on an island at the confluence of three great sea lochs, and surrounded by a striking landscape, it's no wonder that the castle is one of the most visited and important attractions of the Scottish Highlands.
Although it was inhabited since about the sixth century, the first fortified castle dating back to the mid-thirteenth century, built to protect the lands of Kintail. Since then, they have been built and rebuilt at least four different versions of the castle in the course of the centuries-old feudal Scottish history.
Partially destroyed during a Jacobite uprising in 1719, the ruined castle remains abandoned for almost 200 years until Lieutenant Colonel John MacRae-Gilstrap bought the island in 1911 and brings the castle to its former glory. After 20 years of extensive renovations, the castle reopened its doors in 1932.
Today you can visit almost all parts of the castle and relive the history of this area of Scotland.
The castle now has a visitors' center, which houses the ticket office, café, souvenir shop and the services.
There is ample free parking and we accept large parties and groups.
Although the castle is not equipped with facilities for disabled or wheelchair users, however, it has a computerized virtual tour for visitors with mobility problems. They invite those who wish to use this service to contact the visitor center.
Some say that the Eilean Donan castle is the most beautiful castle in Scotland. Come to have to judge for yourself!