Eilean Donan Castle, Kyle of Lochalsh

An icon of the western Highlands, Eilean Donan Castle rests on a tidal island in Loch Duich. Before walking over the footbridge to tour the castle ruins, take a stroll to the south for a stunning view of the ruins with the loch beneath and the sky in the background. The restored castle has a keep deep within its walls that is open to the public along with the rest of the grounds. In 2001, the island had a population of one; since 2011, there are no permanent residents living there, so it is exclusively a tourist site. Find out how to plan Kyle of Lochalsh trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.
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  • Just happened to stumble on this wonderful castle with its majestic setting whilst driving through the highlands. This chocolate box picture castle had the must stop and investigate more. Not being he...  more »
  • Not the biggest castle. However the breathtaking views make up for it. Really fell in love with this place.  more »
  • We didn't actually visit the inside of the castle but stopped on our road trip to visit the cafe, toilet and gift shop all of which were of a high standard. Lovely photo opportunities so well worth pu...  more »
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  • I did not actually go into the castle because it was closed by the time we got here. However, it is an impressive location and really worth the visit. We managed to take some beautiful pictures and have a nice walk around the area. Really worth the stop even if it is closed. We did see the dressed up staff leaving the place, so I guess it is even better when it is open!!
  • Worth the trip, even if you don't tour the castle itself. The countryside offers beautiful views, as well as hiking opportunities. However, the castle is a real gem and also worth checking out. Nobody will judge if you decide to re-enact Christopher Lambert's crowning role. And if they do, frankly, they likely just don't get it.
  • We stopped here on the way to Skye to stretch our legs and ended up grabbing tea and a sandwich at the cafe before we went in. The outside of the castle is really cool and impressive looking. We had some time to spare so decided buy the tickets to go inside but the inside is... Just okay. Overall, we had a really nice visit here but it's the location of the castle/the castle itself that is the star here so if you're pressed for time or you're just on the fence about it- Pull into the parking lot, snap some pics, and be on your merry way.
  • It's called Scotland's most Romantic Castle, perhaps...it is certainly full of mystery and is stunning sitting out into the sea loch as it does. Lovely coffee shop and gift shop and the tour of the castle is fabulous. Lots of brilliant exhibits and so much historical interest. A must see!
  • What a fantastic trip into history! I loved how they have restored this castle and tried to keep it true to the historical facts. Coming from the US, we never see this type of history or places that have this type of significance. I applaud the people of Scotland for keeping this type of history relevant to people of today. What a great tribute to their love of the past.
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