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Eilean Donan Castle, Kyle of Lochalsh

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Castle Historic Site
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. Our Kyle of Lochalsh travel itinerary maker makes visiting Eilean Donan Castle and other Kyle of Lochalsh attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • The castle is stunning both inside and out. You approach from a stone bridge. The views from the battlements are amazing. Inside a maze of narrow passageways lead to lots of different rooms. The large...  more »
  • This review is purely with regards to the staff's customer service, and problem solving skills. As a backpacker I wanted to see the castle last weekend but I was not allowed to buy a ticket due to hav...  more »
  • This castle is well worth the visit, if only just to take the classic Scottish castle image for yourself. The history here is amazing, the view incredible. The staff are well informed and very helpful...  more »
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  • Said to be the most photographed castle in Scotland, Eilean Donan castle is a beautiful albeit desolate building that sits at the junction of three sea lochs that perhaps made it so important at the turn of the century. Also, it's on the main tourist route to Skye. Today, it's used as a backdrop in several movies and advertisements that serve to further enhance its appeal. As can be expected, there are toilets and a large parking spot. A must visit.
  • Admittedly, I arrived too late to go in, so this only refers to the views. And those are spectacular! If all the tourists were gone it would be so easy to imagine being in Highlander I. If you pass by, definitely worth a stop.
  • Very interesting castle, but a poor reproduction. There's stucco on the inner walls and along the back, which should at the very least be covered with stone. Great views though.
  • Truly a cant miss if you're heading through the highlands. The most photographed castle in the Country, and no wonder at all. Stunning walk across the bridge to the castle itself, and a very warm and knowledgeable staff. Fair price and well worth it, I would recommend to anyone.
  • My wife and I quite enjoyed it. Our baby didn't but what does she know... It's a very well restored castle.

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