Eilean Donan Castle: Scotlands Most Photogenic Castle
I remember visiting Scotland as a child and falling in love with the rugged landscape, the thick friendly accents, and, most significantly, the grand remains of royalty. The homes of kings, queens, nobility and Monty Python movies… As a young Australian I was completely in awe of castles.
During my most recent visit to the mighty country there was one particular castle that stood out to me as being exceedingly beautiful. Eilean Donan Castle is one of the most photographed castles in the country, which does not surprise me at all. The extremely romantic-looking castle sits on an island where three lochs meet, surrounded by the magnificent mountain ranges, overlooking the Isle of Skye. Does it look familiar? You may recognise it from some well-known Scottish-based blockbusters such as Braveheart and Highlander.
The original castle was built in the 13th century, serving as a point to guard the surrounding lands and waterways. It has since been rebuilt four times and most recently between 1912 and 1932. Yep, the ancient-looking structure is youthful, yet to reach it’s 100th birthday. Although the castle that now stands is only a baby, the majestic scene gives a glimpse into the glorious past of the West-Highlands.
It was late in the evening when we were passing on our way to Skye, so I didn’t get the opportunity to look inside the serene scene of the dimly lit piece of Scottish history. But admiring Eilean Donan Castle is one of the most photographed castles in the country, which does not surprise me at all. from a distance was utterly breathtaking. I was once again the young girl, imagining a time of princesses, crowns and holy grail searching. (And maybe a few limbless knights).