Piper at Eilean Donan Castle

Piper at Eilean Donan Castle, Scotland

This evening, I am focusing on one of Scotland’s top visitor attractions, namely Eilean Donan Castle  which is, conveniently for visitors, situated near Kyle of Lochalsh on the road from Isle of Skye to Loch Ness in the Scottish Highlands. In fact the castle’s location has nothing to do with modern road communications but its situation at the confluence of lochs Alsh, Duich and Long allows control of important waterways which, in historic times, were the only means of travel.

Although ancient in appearance the current structure was completed as recently as 1932 albeit modelled on its predecessor which was destroyed by two British Government frigates in 1719 when it was garrisioned by Jacobite supporters.

Looking back through history there is evidence of settlement/fortification on the site dating back to the Iron Age ( approx. 1000 BC to 300 AD). The current castle has a lineage dating back to a medieval origin in the 13th and 14th centuries.

After lying ruins for 200 years it was Lieutenant Colonel John MacRae-Gilstrap who inspired, motivated and financed the rebuilding of the castle. Today, it is the home of the Chief of Clan MacRae and a central point of affinity for MacRaes around the world.

The key facilities comprise courtyard, billeting room, banqueting hall, bedrooms and kitchen range.

Because of its romantic and photogenic appearance the castle has featured in numerous films including Highlander, Loch Ness, Master of Ballantrae and James Bond.

The name Eilean Donan is Gaelic for Island of Donan.

Harpist at Eilean Donan Castle

Reflections at Eilean Donan Castle

Reflections at Eilean Donan Castle, Scotland

Bridge to Eilean Donan Castle

Bridge to Eilean Donan Castle, Scotland

This is a quality and popular visitor attraction which I invariably include in my Highlands tours.

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