We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
New! Find and book your ideal hotel on TripAdvisor — and get the lowest prices

Eilean Donan Castle

Certificate of Excellence
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Address: Off A97, Kyle of Lochalsh IV40 8DX, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 1599 555202
Website
Today
10:00 - 18:00
Closed now
See all hours
Hours:
Sun - Sat 10:00 - 18:00
Description:

This picturesque castle, built in 1220, holds the title of the most...

This picturesque castle, built in 1220, holds the title of the most photographed castle in Scotland.

read more
Book In Advance
More Info
US$224.94*
and up
Glenelg and Lochalsh Half Day Tour from Kyle of Lochalsh
More Info
US$321.34*
and up
Private Full Day Tour of Skye and Lochalsh from Kyle of Lochalsh
More Info
US$70.69*
and up
Isle of Skye Day Trip from Inverness

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 2,528 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 1108
    Excellent
  • 461
    Very good
  • 106
    Average
  • 30
    Poor
  • 14
    Terrible
Nice!

The location of this Castle is simply stunning and surreal! Go there for the amazing views and surrounding!

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Swatijd
Add Photo Write a Review

2,528 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 1,719: English reviews
Level Contributor
355 reviews
194 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The location of this Castle is simply stunning and surreal! Go there for the amazing views and surrounding!

Helpful?
Thank Swatijd
Sydney, Australia
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The castle is definitely in a beautiful location and has been masterfully rebuilt. If you are passing nearby it is definitely worth a look. Unfortunately the experience provided with it is very poor. The castle is owned and operated privately and is clearly overpriced. You can walk around outside the castle (which is enough) but must pay to go inside.... More 

Helpful?
Thank jell7907jell7907
Sydney, Australia
Level Contributor
6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I honestly wish I had read the "poor" and "terrible" reviews of this place before paying the entry fee. This Castle is privately owned and not part of Scotland's National Trust (I had wondered why it wasn't including in the Explorer Pass). The Castle is fantastic from the outside with very beautiful scenery both at day and dusk, and I... More 

Helpful?
Thank I_Rose_I
Sacramento, California
Level Contributor
8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The tour is mediocre but the outside of the castle is great. Beautiful at sunset and at dark. Had a great visit.

Helpful?
Thank RonPaul4prez
Jacksonville, North Carolina
Level Contributor
12 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Like a lot of people this castle was on our list of must sees when we were headed out to the Isle of Skye. Lots of other tourists there at the same time as us and they were very busy but it wasn't chaotic at all. The staff is very friendly and informative and they have a great gift shop... More 

Helpful?
Thank 4AmandaC4
HK
Level Contributor
79 reviews
47 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This castle is privately owned and at the same time open to public, which make it special as the caretaker of this castle make it a living building. If you're travelling to Skye on land this is a castle you shouldn't miss. There is a big parking facility there and I believe many tour would stop by here. The castle... More 

Helpful?
Thank EddieLeungHK
Glasgow, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The castle is a 20th-century creation, built on the ruins of a mediaeval castle, on an island in a loch. Staff friendly, informative. The place is in a very scenic area and the grounds are nice to have a walk around, nearby Lock makes it the beautiful castle I have ever seen.

Helpful?
Thank chanchalkjha
Singapore, Singapore
Level Contributor
66 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

One of the best castles that we've visited. Probably because it was reconstructed, everything is in impeccable state which makes for a really interesting visit. If you are not a history buff, still visit for the scenery though. Gotta be located in the most serene setting. Its strategic location makes for an easy stopover on the way to Skye or... More 

Helpful?
Thank Jeret90
Doha, Qatar
Level Contributor
165 reviews
79 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

No pictures inside, by absolutely fabulous. It makes me want to win the lottery and build/ restore a place like this... minus the centuries of history needed to do it right. Would make a great wedding spot if I could find a cute Scots redhead to make that happen...

Helpful?
Thank dutemplar
Denver, Colorado
Level Contributor
19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We arrived early on a very clear fall day. The scenery was gorgeous. Such a beautiful castle, we toured the ouside as well as the inside, where you are not allowed to take any pictures. This castle has been built back up from its poor state of destruction in the early 1900s and is just amazing. I would highly suggest... More 

Helpful?
Thank CMS226

Travellers who viewed Eilean Donan Castle also viewed

Applecross, Ross and Cromarty
Kyle of Lochalsh, Lochalsh
 

Been to Eilean Donan Castle? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Eilean Donan Castle and other visitors
21 questions
Ask a question

See all questions (21)

Questions? Get answers from Eilean Donan Castle staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?