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What is the history of Eilean Donan Castle?

What is the history of Eilean Donan Castle?

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.

Why is Eilean Donan Castle famous?

Eilean Donan castle is incredibly beautiful – and internationally famous. Eilean Donan is probably the most photographed fortress in the whole of Scotland, and has featured in movies such as James Bond (as the Scottish HQ of MI6, no less). The modern castle was built upon an enigmatic pile of ruins.

What clan does Eilean Donan Castle belong to?

Clan Mackenzie
The island’s original castle was built in the thirteenth century; it became a stronghold of the Clan Mackenzie and their allies, the Clan MacRae.

How did Eilean Donan Castle get its name?

The name Eilean Donan, or island of Donan, is most probably called after the 6th century Irish Saint, Bishop Donan who came to Scotland around 580 AD. There are several churches dedicated to Donan in the area and it is likely that he formed a small cell or community on the island during the late 7th century.

Who owns Eilean Donan Castle?

the Conchra Charitable Trust
Eilean Donan Castle is owned by the Conchra Charitable Trust. The principal activity of the Trust is the restoration and preservation of the castle and to allow public access to this unique visitor attraction.

Is Eilean Donan Castle?

Eilean Donan Castle is one of the most recognised castles in Scotland, and probably appears on more shortbread tins and calendars than any other. It is, without doubt, a Scottish icon and certainly one of the most popular visitor attractions in the Highlands…

Is Eilean Donan Castle worth it?

Of all the castles to visit in the Scottish Highlands, Eilean Donan Castle is the one worth taking the detour for. Inside the castle, you’ll find period decor, as well as weaponry and artifacts from the Jacobite era. However, most travelers admit making time for Eilean Donan primarily for its scenic address.

Can you go inside Eilean Donan Castle?

The inside of the castle is interesting and it’s definitely nice to visit if you have time. If you do plan to go inside we’d recommend leaving at least one hour (probably two by the time you take a look in the gift shop and cafe, and take some photos outside).

What is the biggest castle in Scotland?

Situated in Kelso in the heart of the Scottish Borders and overlooking the River Tweed and Cheviot Hills, Floors Castle is the largest inhabited castle in Scotland and is home to the Duke and Duchess of Roxburgh and their family.

Is Eilean Donan castle inhabited?

Eilean Donan island is situated at a merging point of three sea lochs and has been inhabited since the Iron Age.