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Eilean Donan Castle mugs

Eilean Donan Castle 40 in the Highlands of Scotland Mug

 Eilean Donan Castle is one of Scotland’s most popular castles for visitors and photographers because of its unique location . I have published a new range of Eilean Donan Castle mugs which are now on sale online . My favourite image of the castle is included .

The good news about Eilean Donan Castle is that I am hoping the current pandemic will pass its peak in the next 4 weeks which means June or July may be feasible dates for my next trip to the castle .

Eilean Donan means Island of Donan (a religious figure from the 12th century). Eilean Donan was Clan MacKenzie’s most important stronghold from the 13th Century until it was destroyed in 1719. Robert the Bruce was given refuge in Eilean Donan Castle by John MacKenzie, Second of Kintail when he was being hunted by the English at the beginning of the fourteenth century.

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Panasonic LUMIX GH4 camera body used £450

Panasonic LUMIX GH4  camera body used  , boxed with 2 spare batteries . Price £450 , free UK delivery

Good condition , works perfectly. Buy the GH4 camera now

Good condition , works perfectly.

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Eilean Donan Castle t-shirts

eilean donan castle t-shirts

 Eilean Donan Castle is one of Scotland’s most popular castles for visitors and photographers alike . Unfortunately so far this year I haven’t managed to go up there due to a number of factors , not least the coronavirus lockdown .

The good news about Eilean Donan Castle is that I am hoping the current pandemic will pass its peak in the next 4 weeks which means June or July may be feasible dates for my next trip to the castle .

Eilean Donan means Island of Donan (a religious figure from the 12th century). Eilean Donan was Clan MacKenzie’s most important stronghold from the 13th Century until it was destroyed in 1719. Robert the Bruce was given refuge in Eilean Donan Castle by John MacKenzie, Second of Kintail when he was being hunted by the English at the beginning of the fourteenth century.

I have published a new range of Eilean Donan Castle t-shirts which are now on sale online . My favourite image of the castle is included in the t-shirt collection .

Above the entrance to the castle there is a Gaelic inscription which translates as: As long as there is a MacRae inside, there will never be a Fraser outside. Inside the courtyard is the famous Murchison Stone with an inscription about John Murchison of Auchtertyre who was killed in the Battle of Sherrifmuir in 1715. In the upper floor inside the castle there are six bedrooms named Loch Alsh,Loch Long, Eilean Donan, Ballimore, Loch Duich and Conchra. There is also a panel with the names of the constables ( guardians ) of the castle carved on it.

Why is Eilean Donan castle famous ?


Medieval Eilean Donan castle has had a long and dramatic history . It was blown to smithereens in 1719 by 3 English frigates . It was rebuilt 100 years ago and nowadays it is a hugely popular visitor attraction, popular amongst photographers and visitors from all over the world

Where is Eilean Donan Castle in Scotland ?

 Eilean Donan Castle is in a unique location , on an island in the middle of three sea lochs on the west coast of Scotland, next to the village of Dornie on the main road to the Isle of Skye. It is the most photographed castle in the world . Eilean Donan Castle tours can be booked online .

where can I buy Eilean Donan Castle prints and gifts ?

Eilean Donan Castle prints and gifts can be bought online. We will be publishing our own unique gift collection in the next month so check back here soon

Eilean Donan Castle was originally built in 1220 and owned by the MacKenzies of Kintail. The MacRae Clan who settled in the area came from the Beauly Firth where they had protected the Clan Fraser.They acted as bodyguards to the MacKenzie chiefs. Although there was a number of disputes, the MacKenzies held Eilean Donan right up until until the 16th century. The MacRaes first became Constables of the Castle in 1511 with a lot of control over the surrounding area. A feud between the MacKenzies and the McLeods of Dunvegan, over the disputed claims of Donald Gorm MacDonald to the title of Lord of the Isles, came to a head when he attacked the Castle with 50 galleys. He was shot and killed by Duncan MacRae with a single arrow. The Castle was garrisoned by Government troops but later retaken by the Jacobites before the Battle of Sheriffmuir.

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Eilean Donan Castle 2020

Eilean Donan Castle prints and gifts

 Eilean Donan Castle is one of Scotland’s most popular castles for visitors at home and abroad . This year there is good and bad news for the castle .

The good news is Eilean Donan Castle is launching a brand new Audio Guide service for visitors . The state of the art, user-friendly guides will initially offer detailed information on the castle in 8 different languages .

Due to the coronavirus epidemic the Castle, Gift Shop and Coffee Shop

are shut at the moment until further notice . Visitors will still be able to take pictures from the top three viewpoints of Eilean Donan Castle . Our guide will show visitors these viewpoints which remain open to the public .

Given the incredible range of different nationalities that visit the castle, further languages will be added to this list in future years. Content includes detail on the surrounding area, historical information and snippets of the intriguing details not always picked up on other tours.

Whilst the new service will clearly help visitors to engage more, the castle guides will still be on hand to answer questions and add that personal touch that we’re so famed for.

In addition to theses audio guides, there are also new on-site visitor services with the construction of an extension to the existing visitor centre. The new building will include a new ticket office with automated ticketing machines, a takeaway catering facility, first aid suite and much needed administration offices. Alongside this we have just completed the construction of a new secure locker facility allowing visitors to leave bags and luggage in a safe location while visiting the castle. Visitor numbers to Eilean Donan have more than doubled in the last 10 years and all these new services will help the castle to better manage the operation, particularly during the busy peak months.

Private tours of Eilean Donan Castle and the Highlands from Edinburgh including a visit to GlencoeandBuachaille Etive Mor .

Eilean Donan Castle t-shirts and prints can be bought online . Phone +44-7305-294773 for more details .

is Eilean Donan Castle open at the moment ?

due to the developing situation with the Coronavirus Crisis, Eilean Donan Castle , the Gift Shop and Coffee Shop are closed ( March 2020 ), please check this page for updates

What movies has Eilean Donan Castle been in ?

Eilean Donan Castle has been used in many films such as Highlander and the James Bond movie The World is Not Enough when Bond drives his Aston Martin over the bridge to the castle at night

What is the most photographed castle in the world ?

In our unbiased opinion Eilean Donan Castle is clearly the winner of the most photographed castle in the world award due to its unique location on an island at the meeting point of three lochs in the Highlands of Scotland.  Pictures of the castle of Eilean Donan can be found just about everywhere, not least on this website . Eilean Donan just across the road from the village of Dornie . Eilean Donan Castle prints and gifts

Eilean Donan Castle prints can be bought online .

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Eilean Donan Castle

Eilean Donan Castle

Eilean Donan means Island of Donan (a religious figure from the 12th century). Eilean Donan was Clan MacKenzie’s most important stronghold from the 13th Century until it was destroyed in 1719. Robert the Bruce was given refuge in Eilean Donan Castle by John MacKenzie, Second of Kintail when he was being hunted by the English at the beginning of the fourteenth century.

Above the entrance to the castle there is a Gaelic inscription which translates as: As long as there is a MacRae inside, there will never be a Fraser outside. Inside the courtyard is the famous Murchison Stone with an inscription about John Murchison of Auchtertyre who was killed in the Battle of Sherrifmuir in 1715. In the upper floor inside the castle there are six bedrooms named Loch Alsh,Loch Long, Eilean Donan, Ballimore, Loch Duich and Conchra. There is also a panel with the names of the constables ( guardians ) of the castle carved on it.

Eilean Donan Castle tours

Eilean donan castle pictures , edc17680

Eilean Donan Castle was originally built in 1220 and owned by the MacKenzies of Kintail. The MacRae Clan who settled in the area came from the Beauly Firth where they had protected the Clan Fraser.They acted as bodyguards to the MacKenzie chiefs. Although there was a number of disputes, the MacKenzies held Eilean Donan right up until until the 16th century. The MacRaes first became Constables of the Castle in 1511 with a lot of control over the surrounding area. A feud between the MacKenzies and the McLeods of Dunvegan, over the disputed claims of Donald Gorm MacDonald to the title of Lord of the Isles, came to a head when he attacked the Castle with 50 galleys. He was shot and killed by Duncan MacRae with a single arrow. The Castle was garrisoned by Government troops but later retaken by the Jacobites before the Battle of Sheriffmuir.

In 1719 it was held by Spanish Jacobites. Three English frigates sailed into Loch Duich and bombarded the castle with cannon fire until it was in ruins. The castle them lay in ruins for nearly 200 years. In 1911 John MacRae-Gilstrap bought the castle and start work to restore the castle over a period of twenty years at a total cost of a quarter of a million pounds. Local materials were used wherever possible.

More recently the castle featured in the film Highlander and a James Bond movie.

Eilean Donan Castle is on an island in the middle of 3 lochs – Loch Alsh, Loch Long and Loch Duich – and surrounded by the mountains of the Highlands. If you climb the hill overlooking the castle you can see the Isle of Skye. The castle is next to the village of Dornie and about 10 miles from the Kyle of Lochalsh and the bridge to the Isle of Skye to the North. The castle is on the west coast of Scotland, about 90 miles north of Glencoe and about 180 miles from Edinburgh. You can take the train from Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh and take a taxi to the castle. There is a bus route from Glasgow past the castle once a day. There are many bus tours from Edinburgh to the castle.

 

Due to a change in Scots law it is now possible to get married in a Scottish castle. The castle is open most of the year and it is run by the Conchra Charitable Trust.

Eilean Donan Castle poster

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Eilean Donan Castle 605 HDR print

Eilean Donan Castle 605 HDR print .Paper size 19 by 13 inches , image size 16 by 12 inches. Photograph by David Rankin. Printed on Velvet Fine art paper , 100% cotton rag.” description=”Eilean Donan Castle 605 HDR print .Paper size 19 by 13 inches , image size 16 by 12 inches. Photograph by David Rankin. Printed on Velvet Fine art paper , 100% cotton rag.

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Where can I buy art prints ?

Art prints can be bought online at Photogold and the Scottish prints shop