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Eilean Donan Castle

Kyle of Lochalsh IV40 8DX, Scotland
+44 1599 555202
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This picturesque castle, built in 1220, holds the title of the most photographed castle in Scotland.
  • Excellent67%
  • Very good26%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Kyle of Lochalsh IV40 8DX, Scotland
+44 1599 555202
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Reviewed yesterday

Beautiful location, great scenary, very atmospheric.I expected this castle to be busy as it was the height of the tourist season and this iconic location is well known world wide. It makes for great photos and is well worth a visit.

Thank ABC123Wakefield
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Entry to Eilllan Donan is £7.50 ( £6.50 seniors) and is accessed across the main bridge. The best views of the castle however are free and can be taken from the car park (or from your b&b at Donan House. See separate review!) The self...More

Thank stuffmatters
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We arrived half and hour before opening time which meant we had lots of time to take photos before the crowds arrived plus we were also first in line for tickets which meant we were first into the castle too. I hadn't realised that this...More

Thank DublinWelcomesAll
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This has something for everyone ! Lots of history , plenty of information and very well laid out displays as the history of the castle during its extremely varied life is laid out in front of you. Plenty of scope to run around outside ,...More

Thank Dawn S
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We have never been in a true castle, so what a great one to begin with. It does not disappoint. :) There is plenty to see inside. We spent nearly two hours walking throughout it...just about the right time. There are places to picnic, or...More

Thank Linda W
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

After seeing many castles, this was a favorite. The views are gorgeous, the history is fun, AND there was a bagpiper playing just outside the castle. An amazing experience!

Thank AmieMo
Reviewed 6 days ago

One of the more photographed castles and one that has been in several movies, Eilean Donan is sight. The exterior is amazing with the bridge across to it. The interior is interesting but somewhat disappointing after approaching the castle. There are crowds as usual for...More

Thank TonyJ85
Reviewed 6 days ago

We got there when it first opened and missed the crush of people, but was still quite surrounded. This made things a bit less enjoyable, but it was still really fascinating to see the history and people of the Highlands through the displays. The photos...More

Thank jez09
Reviewed 6 days ago

We had the absolute pleasure of visiting the castle for my birthday in May. It was all we could have dreamed of and more. The Castle is immaculately looked after and the staff and their customer service is exemplary.

Thank MFBG28
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We enjoyed our trip to this castle, however even on a very rainy day it was pretty crowded. Difficult to get good photographs of the exterior and the exquisite stone bridge with so many tour buses of people on site. Also, the uneven stone stairs...More

Thank Katy A
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Katie C
So, after reading the reviews, I'm not sure I want to take the time/money to tour the inside of the castle since it seems to not be nearly as impressive as the outside. That being said, how close can you get to the castle without paying an entrance fee? Also, if I came after the castle officially closed at 6, would it still be possible to get close enough to the castle to get a few nice pictures?
18 April 2017|
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Response from Grim72 | Reviewed this property |
To be honest Katie - the best photos of the castle are taken from outside of the grounds - ie the car park and surrounding shoreline. You will get some stunning shots. I don't think there are any car park barriers after... More
I am visiting in April and plan to take an early train from Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh- then go see Eilean Donan. I will them take a bus to Fort William that same afternoon and will have a bag with me. Is there some place I can store a piece of small luggage for a few hours?
11 February 2017|
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Response from HighlandTog | Property representative |
Although we don't have a huge amount of space, yes we will store your luggage while you're visiting the castle.
I will be visiting in March. If it snows are the roads to the castle passable?
2 November 2016|
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Response from Stephen H |
The castle is on the main road to Skye. Even if there is snow, the road itself will be cleared and passable throughout the winter season.