Eilean Donan Castle (Eilean Donnain)

Eilean Donan Castle


Location: Scotland  Map

Open: 10am - 6pm
(Last Admission 5pm)
13 Mar- 15 Nov daily





(Students, OAPs, UB40)


(2 Adults + 3 Children)


Under 5s


Group Rate (min 12 persons)



Description of Eilean Donan Castle

Eilean Donan Castle lies in the Western Highlands on the island of Loch Duich in Scotland in United Kingdom.  Eilean Donan Castle is one of most picturesque castles in the country and probably one of most photographed castle in Great Britain. Its name comes from a Celtic hermit by the name Donan who lived here and was martyred along with 150 other Christians by a Pictish queen. The castle was build on the island in 1220 by Alexander II as a defensive measure against the Vikings who attacked the shores and pillaged villages. Current castle replaced earlier wooden fortress of the Picts. Different Scottish clans resided here increasing and strengthening its military fortifications.


After Jacobite rising of 1715 failed, remaining Scottish Jacobites (supporters of James Stuart aka "Old pretender") asked for help from the Spanish crown. In 1719 Eilean Donan Castle was captured by the Spaniards who attempted to incite a new Scottish revolt against the Brits, but quick English siege ended in capturing the castle. It was subsequently severely damaged by English frigates HMS Enterprise, HMS Flamborough and HMS Worcester the same year. Between 1919 and 1932 the castle was restored and a new bridge was added. Movies such as The World is not Enough (1999), Elizabeth: the Golden Age (2007) and many other used this castle as a background.