Eilean Donan Castle, near the Isle of Skye

Eilean Donan Castle

If you want to visit one of the most recognised castles in Scotland then it’s time for a road trip to Eilean Donan Castle near the Isle of Skye. Situated only a 2-hour drive away from our Inverness hotel, you can also enjoy magnificent sights such as the Glenfinnan Viaduct (Harry Potter bridge) and scenes from James Bond’s Skyfall, along the way! And of course, this castle famously features in the film “Highlander”. And you can be sure to have even seen it on shortbread tins, social media and calendars across the globe! Without a doubt, it is one of the most popular and important castles of the Scottish Highlands.

But you can rest assured, the beauty of this epic castle doesn’t stop on the outside. Step inside and explore its fabulous rooms. Explore period furniture, a fantastic collection of artefacts, a display of weapons, art and so much more! It makes for a great family attraction as Eilean Donan Castle offers a lot of fun for the kids. Here they can see ancient battlements, spy holes and the surrounding wildlife. And if you get hungry on your way, you can grab a refreshment and a panini in their coffee shop.

History of the castle

Eilean Donan Castle is one of the most iconic images of Scotland, dating back to the middle of the 13th century. It was the first fortified castle that guarded the lands of Kintail and has since then gone through four different phases of build. This is due to the feudal history of Scotland throughout the ages and as such, it was built and rebuilt adding an intriguing history to the place.

The ruins of the castle lay untouched for about 200 years after it was destroyed in a Jacobite uprising in 1719. In 1911, Lieutenant Colonel John MacRae-Gilstrap bought the island and decided to restore the castle to its former glory. Thanks to the new owner and 20 years of hard work and labour, the castle was re-opened. Moreover, the MacRae family are still the Constables of Eilean Donan Castle today. Luckily for us, the Eilean Donan Castle still stands and we can witness its beauty first-hand!

Things to do in the area

If you want to make the most out of your trip, you can visit the mythical home of the Highland Policeman ‘Hamish Macbeth’ in Plockton Village. Once you’re there, why not take Calum’s Seal Boat Trip while listening to his famed witty banter and old jokes. You could also choose to travel over the sea to Skye on the Glenelg Ferry and keep your eye out for otters, seals, porpoises, dolphins and sea eagles! Afterwards, you might want to take an extra 20-minute drive from the castle to reach 20 acres of the beautiful 19th-century Attadale Gardens. So many options!

Where to find Eilean Donan Castle

The castle sits on its own little island, just a 2-hour drive away from Inverness. Amazing views of the Isle of Skye and the point where three great sea lochs meet, make it an unforgettable experience. You don’t want to miss the chance to visit one of the most recognised castles in Scotland!

Finally, Inverness-shire has so much to offer when it comes to tourist attractions in Scotland. Explore Scottish history and exceptional hospitality at The Kingsmills.

Enjoy a history break in Inverness-shire

After a day immersing yourself in Scottish history, head back to our hotel to put your feet up. Enjoy a delicious Scottish meal in one of our two restaurants and then sample one of our most famous exports in our Whisky Bar. Get in touch below to choose your perfect room or give our friendly team a call on +44 (0) 1463 257 100 for more information.

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