The Most Beautiful Castle in Scotland

We saw dozens of castles on our recent three-week trip to Scotland. Some were very scenic and some have seen better days. Some were drenched in Scottish history. And we got drenched gazing at some of them! By far the most beautiful of them all was the Eilean Donan Castle which we came across just after crossing over the bridge from the Isle of Skye one morning while the sun was still peeking through the clouds.

The Eilan Donan Castle is in the western Highlands just over the bridge from the Isle of Skye.

The Eilean Donan Castle is in the western Highlands just over the bridge from the Isle of Skye.

Click on the photo to see a larger version of that photo.

The Eilean Donan Castle is owned by the Macrae family. It was originally built in the 13th century and was completely rebuilt during 1919 to 1932. Nae, the castle is not named after a beautiful woman. “Eilean” is Gaelic for “island” and the castle sits on the tiny island of Donan, named after a Celtic saint who was martyred in the 7th century.  Admission to the castle is six pounds. Sadly, we were not allowed to take pictures inside the castle.

The 1986 film Highlander was filmed at Eilean Donan. That’s the movie where a Frenchman named Christopher Lambert played a Scotsman and a Scotsman named Sean Connery played an Egyptian! Some scenes from the James Bond film The World is Not Enough were also filmed here.

We just got home from our three-week adventure and I will be posting over the next several weeks many photos and stories from places like Edinburgh and Glasgow and Skye. And, yes, there will be more castles! Stay tuned.

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I am a family man with interests in family history, photography, history and travel.
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5 Responses to The Most Beautiful Castle in Scotland

  1. Amy says:

    The large version is magnificent!

  2. chattykerry says:

    This is one of our more beautiful castles and I particularly love when you approach it from the road. It looks so different in every weather condition. Brooding when it is overcast.

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  4. Dina says:

    GREAT!! 🙂 ❤ Not only the photo, also the narrative.

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