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Eilean Donan Castle, Kyle of Lochalsh

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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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  • We visited the castle as part of our tour of the Highlands - the picturesque setting alone was worth the visit! Compared to so many attractions, I felt that they had very well organized the location, ...  more »
  • I simply love this place and enjoy the walking around the castle, breath the atmosphere and history. This place has it all. 
  • Have always wanted to visit but never got around to it. Born in Scotland, but left 30 years ago. Last summer I visited with my daughter and this was one of the places we decided was a must. We weren't...  more »
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  • Worth a stop if only to take pictures as it is a beautiful setting for a castle. We did pay to go in and explore the castle which is used for weddings and clan events and they have a tour guide that will share the history and information in the main hall. It was fun to explore inside the castle as well as the grounds. If staying in the area it is open in the evenings to explore the castle grounds for free - but you can't enter the castle at night. It does have an interesting history and well worth the visit.
  • It's very easy to get lost in the romanticism of this place, a beautiful labour of love has restored this castle to it's full glory. Entrance to the castle is worth the cost of entry...even on a miserably wet day...it only adds to the drama and it is easy to envision what life might have been like in the years prior to it's destruction the 18th century. The visitor centre is very well organised, and the hot soup was very welcome after a drenching walk across the bridge.
  • We arrived after closing (visits are between 9-5), and were pleasantly surprised to find that while we couldn't go in the castle itself, they leave the gate open to let you cross over the bridge to the castle grounds and walk around freely. The castle is majestic, especially jutting out into the loch as it does, and there's no other word for the scenery all around than spectacular. Definitely worth a visit.
  • Great Castle! Our favorite! We've seen a lot in Scotland, this one is in best shape!! Lots of interesting interiors... Many movies were filmed here! While we were here two RAF jets flew a hundred meters from the Castle... Then we've heard the practise low altitude flying on the lake very often.
  • In the 20's and 30's some rich folks decided to renovate the ruins of an ancient castle. Not always necessarily how the castle used to be (though I believe the outside is very close to how it used to be), but just as a playhouse for the rich. And you can basically pay to tour the inside, which feels like a rich family cottage build inside an old castle. It's really nice, and the location of the castle, where three large lakes meet, is especially interesting.