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Eilean Donan Castle


Eilean Donan Castle was originally a seat of the Clan MacKenzie, but it also has strong links to Clan MacRae who became constables of the castle in 1509.  It is descendants of Clan MacRae that currently hold the titles of the castle although it is technically owned by a charitable trust now.

The castle is one of the most famous in Scotland due to its appearances in several movies such as the James Bond film "The World is not Enough", "Highlander" and "Made of Honor". To name just a few. 

Eilean Donan Castle dates back to the 13th century and has a violent history, having known clan wars 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 have to keep in mind that most of what you are seeing is a construction from the early 1900's. 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.

Photography and filming inside the castle requires the permission of the Castle curator.


Dornie, Kyle of Lochalsh, IV40 8DX

Operated by:

The Conchra Charitable Trust

Opening Hours:

1st February to 23rd March, daily 10 am to 4 pm - Last Admission at 3pm / 24th March to 26th October, daily 10 am to 6 pm - Last Admission at 5pm / 27th October to 30th December, daily 10 am to 4 pm - Last Admission at 3pm / OPENS at 9 am during July & August, and 9.30 am in June & September.


£ 10 adult, £6 child, £ 9 senior, £ 29 family ticket (Under 5 yrs free)













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