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Eilean Donan Castle

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Address: Dornie, Kyle of Lochalsh, IV40 8DX
Operated by: The Conchra Charitable Trust
Opening Hours:

1st February to 24th March, daily 10 am to 4 pm - Last Admission at 3pm

25th March to 27th October, daily 10am to 6pm - Last Admission at 5pm

38th October to 30th December, daily 10am to 4pm - Last Admission at 3pm 

Admission: £ 7.50 adult, £4 child, £ 6.50 senior, £ 20 family ticket  (Under 5 yrs free)
Parking: Yes
Languages: English
Accessibility: Limited
Toilets: Yes, also disabled toilets
Shop: Yes
Cafe/Restaurant: Yes

 

Eilean Donan Castle dates back to the 13th century and has a violent history, having known clan wars with the MacRaes and a brief role as a Garrison for Spanish troops during the disastrous Jacobite Rebellion of 1719. The Spanish occupation of the castle ended when they were attacked by a naval bombardment from 3 English ships. This attack left the castle in ruins until 1911, when John MacRae-Gilstrap bought the castle and spent 20 years rebuilding the remains, so most of what you are seeing today is actually a 1930's building!

The guides are excellent, telling stories about the MacRaes and the Jacobite rebellion. It’s an interesting place to visit, although you don’t see many rooms. The Family ticket is good value and children should enjoy the stories.

Even if you don’t visit the castle, it is worth stopping to take pictures as Eilean Donan has one of the most romantic settings in Scotland.

For the best pictures of the castle, try to wait until after dusk so that you can get photographs of the castle illuminated by floodlights. It is also possible to get a good elevated shot of Eilean Donan castle by driving along the Carr Brae road that starts from the side road leading into the village of Dornie.

Eilean Donan illuminated at night

Eilean Donan from Carr Brae 

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