Eilean Donan is a small tidal island where three lochs meet, Loch Duich, Loch Long and Loch Alsh, in the western Highlands of Scotland. A picturesque castle that frequently appears in photographs, film and television dominates the island, which lies about 1 kilometre from the village of Dornie. Since the castle's restoration in the early 20th century, a footbridge has connected the island to the mainland.
Eilean Donan is part of the Kintail National Scenic Area, one of 40 in Scotland. In 2001, the island had a recorded population of just one person, but there were no "usual residents" at the time of the 2011 census.
Eilean Donan, which means simply "island of Donnan", is named after Donnan of Eigg, a Celtic saint martyred in 617. Donnan is said to have established a church on the island, though no trace of this remains.
The castle was founded in the thirteenth century, and became a stronghold of the Clan Mackenzie and their allies the Clan Macrae. In the early eighteenth century, the Mackenzies' involvement in the Jacobite rebellions led in 1719 to the castle's destruction by government ships. Lieutenant-Colonel John Macrae-Gilstrap's twentieth-century reconstruction of the ruins produced the present buildings.
Opening Times: -
The Castle and Exhibitions
Every day 1st Feb ? 24th March
10.00am ? 4.00pm
(Last Admission 3.00pm) 25th March ? 27th Oct 10.00am ? 6.00pm (Last Admission 5.00pm)
OPENS at 9.00am during July & August, and 9.30am in September.
28th Oct ? 30th Dec (Closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day & Boxing Day) 10.00am ? 4.00pm (Last Admission 3.00pm)
Please be aware that the castle will be closed for weddings on the following dates:-
November 1st, 6th, 10th, 11th, 17th, 18th and 30th
December 1st, 2nd, 11th, 28th and 31st
February 2nd, 5th, 16th and 23rd
Please note that in the interest of Public Security and in consultation with Police Scotland we have introduced a number of new Security Protocols. Small Backpacks and Rucksacks are not permitted within the castle and should be left in your vehicle. We also operate a random bag-search policy, and as such you may be asked to open your bag for inspection before entry. Thank you for your co-operation and understanding.
The Visitor Centre
Currently 10.00 - 3.00pm
Castle Admission Prices:-
Adults - £7.50
Concessions (Seniors Aged 60+) - £6.50
(2 Adults + 3 Children Age 5-15) - £20.00
Children over 5 - £4.00
Under 5s - FREE
Group Rate (min 12 persons) - £6.50