Eilean Donan, a 13th Century Castle in the Highlands of Scotland. Eilean Donan is recognized as one of the most iconic images of Scotland. 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.
The first fortified structure was not built on the island until the early 13th century as a defensive measure, protecting the lands of Kintail against the Vikings who raided, settled and controlled much of the North of Scotland and the Western Isles between 800 and 1266. Over the centuries, the castle itself has expanded and contracted in size. The medieval castle was probably the largest, with towers and a curtain wall that encompassed nearly the entire island.
Fun Fact: The castle is a popular location for films, TV, advertisements, fashion shoots and music videos. Some to note are: Highlander (1986) Loch Ness (1996 ) James Bond – The World is Not Enough (1999) all filmed at/around this popular Scottish castle.
As we were heading back to Edinburgh a few days later we had the opportunity to drive by the castle again in the evening. Take a look at Eileen Donan at night, all lit up and glowing in the highlands.
Eilean Donan Castle Dornie by Kyle of Lochalsh IV40 8DX Scotland
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Meeting point of three sea lochs on the west coast of Scotland, Eilean Donan is situated by the picturesque village of Dornie on the main tourist route to the Isle of Skye. From the Castle you can walk to Dornie at the mouth of Loch Long, see the Cuillin mountain range of Skye in the distance across Loch Alsh or look to the head of Loch Duich towards the dramatic Five Sisters of Kintail.
Check out our FIRST EVER DRONE VIDEO footage of Eilean Donan Castle below!
Behind the scenes (drone launch) photos:
So cool to see it in action for the first time!
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