Eilean Donan Castle

The Caledonian Canal

One of the most photographed monuments in the country is this lovely castle that sits on a small island and was originally constructed to keep coastal raiders at bay. Its original owners were the Mackenzies of Kintail, who later passed the castle to their sept family, the Macraes who are the constables of the castle to this day.

Eilean Donan was occupied in 1719 by the Spanish troops who were on their way to the Battle of Glen Shiel as part of the Jacobite army. Following the battle the British Navy sailed into the sealoch and destroyed the castle. It remained a ruin until the 1920’s when it was rebuilt.

Today Eilean Donan is now a proud focal point of the community with many locals working in and around the castle in various roles.

You are likely to have seen this castle before as it is truly one of Scotland’s iconic images. Eilean Donan is also popular with film-makers having featured in various movies in recent times such as “Highlander”, “James Bond : The World is not enough” and most recently “Maid of Honour”.

We will stop at Eilean Donan Castle to allow you time to explore this most beautiful castle for yourself. The views from the ramparts are simply stunning!