Scotland’s iconic Eilean Donan Castle

Eilean Donan Castle, Scotland / (WT-shared) Albion [CC BY-SA 4.0-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0]

Eilean Donan Castle, Scotland / Albion [CC BY-SA 4.0-3.0]

On the main tourist route to the Isle of Skye, about 134 miles from Inveraray, you’ll find Eilean Donan Castle, one of Scotland’s most iconic images.  Breathtakingly beautiful, it’s one of the most romantic castles I’ve ever seen.

Located near the picturesque village of Dornie, Eilean Donan Castle is strategically positioned where three sea lochs meet, amid the outstanding scenery of the Scottish Highlands.  Thought to be the most photographed castle in the world, it might also be the most recognized.

Perhaps you’ve seen it?  It’s starred in films such as Highlander, Loch Ness, Entrapment, Made of Honor, Elizabeth: the Golden Age, and the James bond film, The World is not Enough.

Eilean Donan is not exactly what it seems, however.  Even though the island has been a fortified site for at least 800 years, the present building only dates back to the early 20th century.

 Eilean Donan Castle itself may not be ancient, but its atmosphere evokes

images of times past.  [Click to tweet]

Legends abound about the island, including a Gaelic tale that says it was named after Cu-Donn, King of the Otters, distinguished by his coat of gleaming silver and white.  Supposedly he lived and died here, buried on the spot where the castle now stands.

Whatever the origin, the present castle, restored by the Clan MacRae, was designed using plans that stretch back to medieval times.  The Banqueting Hall features massive medieval walls and a huge fireplace, along with romantic Victorian leaded Gothic windows. Tartan fabrics blanket the bedroom floors.

Today you can explore nearly the entire castle.  Plan to spend some time outside, though; the setting is everything you love about the Scottish Highlands.

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About Melody Moser

Melody Moser is a Travel Expert & Travel Writer specializing in Europe, river cruises and romantic travel. Based in southern New Jersey, she spends her time traveling the world, writing about it, and helping others fulfill their travel dreams.