Welcome to Eilean Donan Castle
Eilean Donan is recognised as one of the most iconic images of Scotland all over the world. Situated on an island at the point where three great sea lochs meet, and surrounded by some majestic scenery, it is little wonder that the castle is now one of the most visited and important attractions in the Scottish Highlands.
Although first inhabited around the 6th century, the first fortified castle was built in the mid 13th century and stood guard over the lands of Kintail. Since then, at least four different versions of the castle have been built and re-built as the feudal history of Scotland unfolded through the centuries.
Partially destroyed in a Jacobite uprising in 1719, Eilean Donan lay in ruins for the best part of 200 years until Lieutenant Colonel John MacRae-Gilstrap bought the island in 1911 and proceeded to restore the castle to its former glory. After 20 years of toil and labour the castle was re-opened in 1932.
There are four generations of the MacRae family past, present and future who are still the Constables of Eilean Donan Castle today.
You can explore nearly every part of the castle and enjoy a journey through the history of the area.
Some people say Eilean Donan is the most beautiful castle in Scotland. Come and decide for yourself!
– The castle has its own visitor centre which includes our coffee shop and gift shop.
– Ample car parking is available at no charge and we also welcome large parties and groups.
– Although we have no disabled or wheelchair access into the castle itself, we do have a computer-based virtual tour available for those who are unable to manage the large number of steps.
– Please ask at the visitor centre if you require this facility or read our Access Statement for more information.