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An incredibly iconic castle that has symbolised the Highlands of Scotland wordwide, especially in more recent history as it has featured in countless feature films including Highlander. It is amusing to see visitors on the road to Skye suddenly stop and realise the recognise the castle from movies, shortbread tins, postcards, tv, cinema, or advertising campaigns.
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The original castle was built in 1220 for Alexander II as a defence against the Vikings. By the late 13th century it had become a stronghold of the Mackenzies of Kintail (later the Earls of Seaforth). In 1511, the MacRaes, as protectors of the MacKenzies, became the hereditary Constables of the Castle. In 1539 Iain Dubh Matheson, chief of the Clan Matheson died whilst defending the Castle on Eilean Donan island against the Clan MacDonald of Sleat on behalf of the Clan MacRae and Clan MacKenzie. In April 1719 the castle was occupied by Spanish troops attempting to start another Jacobite Rising. The castle was recaptured, and then demolished, by three Royal Navy frigates on 10–13 May 1719. The Spanish troops were defeated a month later at the Battle of Glen Shiel. The castle was restored in the years between 1919 and 1932 by Lt. Col. John MacRae-Gilstrap. The restoration included the construction of an arched bridge to give easier access to the castle. In 1983 The Conchra Charitable Trust was formed by the MacRae family to care for the Castle.
It is now one of the most photographed monuments in Scotland and a popular venue for weddings and film locations. It has appeared in such films as Highlander (1985), Loch Ness (1995) and The World is not Enough (1999), and on the cover of Secret Garden's 2000 album Dreamcatcher.
Eilean Donan is the home of the Clan MacRae. In 2001, the island had a population of just one person.
You can easily combine this cache with the A87 Invergarry to Uig, Part 1 route.
Visiting the Visitor Centre is enough but it is highly recommended to visit the castle itself.
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