Eilean Donan Castle
Eilean Donan Castle Vickings were the reason why Eilean Donan Castle was constructed in the early 13th century. The castle was owned by various family clens throughout the years; however, most recently and currently is now owned by the Mackenzies. Apparently, a Mackenzie family currently lives in the castle. One interesting fact that I learned was that some walls of the castle are approximately 14 feet thick! Can you imagine that! The caslte also used to be quite larger and used to be the size of the island; however, eventually came to it's size as it is today. It was also abandoned for approximately 200 years until John MaCrae bought it and took over 20 years to restore it for your enjoyment. I can't recall how exactly the Mackenzie's took ownership of the castle; however, as stated previously, it is currently owned and occupied by the Mackenzie's, with part of it open to the public.
Eilean Donan Castle, from the parking area
This is one of the most photographed castles in Scoltand and I can see why, it has a great view with Loch Duich surrounding it. This castle has also been featured in many films, to name a few; Highlander, Made of Honor and one of the Elizabeth movies. I'm pretty sure they said that they sometime have weddings and baptism in the one Hall banquet area. If I remember correctly, it cost us 4 pounds for entrance into the castle. I really enjoyed seeing the old funiture and decor of the castle, but it was a real shame that we could not take pictures inside the castle, but it was still exciting to see. That being said, it was nearing the ending of the touring day and I was starting to get a little tired. The castle had speakers in most of the rooms who would inform you of some history about the castle.
I don't know if it was just because I was tired, but I really wasn't into listening to the speakers..lol. I mostly puttered around looking around and wishing I could take some pictures :o). By the time we finished exploring the castle, the gift shop had closed. Which, was probably a good thing anyway because everything is marked higher in gift shops! Overall, this castle has beautiful scenery surrounding it and it pretty inside. The following link below is the link to the castle website. The only reason I put it up was because un fortunately you were not aloud to take pictures inside the castle :o(. A very big con in my opinion; thus, I added the website so that I can experience it again from there virtual tour videos. http://www.eileandonancastle.com/