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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  • Great castle. Very interesting place with nice touches of personal insight. Incredible views across Loch Alsh. Great coffee shop with home made cakes - worth a visit to the coffee shop itself (you don...  more »
  • Great trip to my favourite Castle since watching highlander. Family ticket £20. Lots to see sroundcthe castle. Fantastic views across the loch. Well worth the visit.  more »
  • The beauty of this castle is incomparable with those of Scotland (and I've seen a lot), is reflected on a lake surrounded by mountains and has a unique charm. The only problem is that it is "fake", rebuilt from the ruins of the true ancient castle in the 1920s. Does not detract from the beauty of the final, but we must be aware that it is something new and not as a historian, as a beautiful film set. Beautiful interiors by the owners of the Castle, the ticket price a little expensive. 3 and a half is the real assessment, half a point more for having kidnapped with his charm.
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  • My family used to own this place, some time ago. We decided to hire the whole castle and grounds for a family wedding. That way all the guests could stay overnight in the Castle. An amazing place with a lot of history. yes it's been restored, but so what? The ancient history of the castle and the connected clans, plus the most amazing scenery in the world right out your window. Is there anywhere you'd rather be than the Highlands? Certainly not in my case.
  • Awesome castle, reasonable entry price and very nice tea rooms on site. The most photographed castle in Scotland, you can see why! It does become a. It if a tourist trap at times, but staff are well trained and get everyone moving along :) A man playing bagpipes as you arrive makes this about as Scottish as you can get in this remote setting. You can also get married here, how cool!
  • A beautiful castle that is worth making a stop and taking pictures from outside, even when one does not want to pay the entrance fee of £7.5 for entering the castle. Inside it is well kept by the family trust and it seems one can even reserve to have a wedding there. The kitchen is particularly interesting with the replicas of the times past, including sound effects.
  • This is one of those places that you see pop up all over the internet, movies, shows, brochures, etc. We had to come see it for ourselves, and since we were headed this way to go to the Isle of Skye we were basically already here. There is a small admission fee to cross the bridge to the castle, but if you've already come all this way to see it then you might as well go in and take a bunch of pictures! The price wasn't a big deal anyhow. The inside of the castle has a lot of random memorabilia type of items, as well as personal photos of the family that owns the castle. It could be interesting to some, but I was more visiting to take pictures of the castle itself and its surroundings. Even if you don't want to go into the castle (maybe because of the admission fee) you can still snap amazing pictures from the parking lot or before you cross the bridge.
  • Great view from all angles. Didn't gain this time because I just wanted to take some shots outside. The Visitor centre outside is of good quality for snacks, drinks and a great view of the castle from the inside.

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