Eilean Donan Castle

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Why the
Eilean Donan Castle
is special

It is one of the world's most photogenic castles. Eilean Donan dramatically sits on a tiny island at the intersection of three lochs (lakes) in the Scottish Highlands.

Eilean Donan Castle
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History in brief


A simple fortification existed on the island as far back as the 7th century.

However, it wasn't until the 13th century when a full-fledged castle-fortress was built.

In 1719, the structure was laid to ruins by naval gun fire and the intentional detonation of a sizeable cache of gunpowder stored within the walls.

It remained in that condition for 200 years until it was restored (1919-1932) to its current state.

Strategic location
for tourism

Eilean Donan Castle is on the main road to the Isle of Skye, a popular vacation and s ightseeing destination.


Many believe it was named for the 6th century Saint Donan. The Gaelic word "Eilean" means "island" in English.

How to pronounce

Eilean Donan = "ee-LAHN don-un"

Location in Scotland

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