Eilean Donan Castle

Some people say Eilean Donan is the most beautiful castle in Scotland. Come and decide for yourself!

As one of the most iconic images of Scotland, Eilean Donan is recognised all around the world.

Situated on an island at the point where three great sea lochs meet, and surrounded by some majestic scenery, it is little wonder that the castle is now one of the most visited and important attractions in the Scottish highlands.

Although first inhabited around the 6th century, the first fortified castle was built in the mid 13th century and stood guard over the lands of Kintail. Since then, at least four different versions of the castle have been built and re-built as the feudal history of Scotland unfolded through the centuries.

Partially destroyed in a Jacobite uprising in 1719, Eilean Donan lay in ruins for the best part of 200 years until Lieutenant Colonel John MacRae-Gilstrap bought the island in 1911 and proceeded to restore the castle to its former glory. After 20 years of toil and labour the castle was re-opened in 1932.

Today, your group can explore nearly every part of the castle, and enjoy a journey through the history of the area. Eilean Donan Castle has its own visitor centre, which includes the Ticket Office, Coffee Shop, Gift Shop and toilets.

As Eilean Donan Castle is in a quiet area, it might be most useful to organise your group's hotel in one of the towns nearby and go on a bus tour for the day. Browse our hotel profiles to find the perfect hotel for your group.

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