Eilean Donan Castle, Kyle of Lochalsh

An icon of the western Highlands, Eilean Donan Castle rests on a tidal island in Loch Duich. Before walking over the footbridge to tour the castle ruins, take a stroll to the south for a stunning view of the ruins with the loch beneath and the sky in the background. The restored castle has a keep deep within its walls that is open to the public along with the rest of the grounds. In 2001, the island had a population of one; since 2011, there are no permanent residents living there, so it is exclusively a tourist site. Find out how to plan Kyle of Lochalsh trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.
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  • Eilean Donan Castle Is a marvelous castle built in the middle of the lake. I think this is one of most popular Castle photos on the internet or famous photography magazine. Its name stands for...  more »
  • This was a beautiful castle from the outside, as it was closed when we arrived. It was really nice that the grounds around the castle were still accessible, I thought perhaps there would be locked...  more »
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  • A castle with a rich history, and showings in memorable Hollywood films. However, due to the tide (which we did not know about) the surrounding water had left at our time of visit, making it a poor spectacle as you can see in the photo. Inside the space is rather limited and nothing special to see. We enjoyed however the two talks from the castle guides.
  • One of Scotland's most famously photographed castles. Picturesque even on a Rainy Day! Restaurant very disappointing and expensive! £9.75 for the Steak pie (pictured) and "veg" but NO gravy, even when I asked for some, restaurant staff not the most helpful! "If its not out, then there is none". Should have gone for the baked potato!! Note, you are NOT allowed to consume your own drinks in the restaurant! Castle audio guide is very good, room access good, and guides on hand to answer questions. Gift shop is well stocked and reasonably priced. No photography allowed in the castle.

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