Results 1-5of 5 Reviews
London, United Kingdom
October 23, 2009
From journal Loch Duich & Loch Alsh
Ayr, Scotland, United Kingdom
June 20, 2008
From journal Travelling up the West Coast of Scotland
by Red Mezz
Inverness, Scotland, United Kingdom
January 29, 2008
From journal A Local's Essential Scottish Castle Tour...
by angie cadie
Aberdeen , United Kingdom
April 27, 2003
From journal Camp West
May 18, 2002
It is surprising when you see this romantic and spectacular castle for yourself and realise that (a) the A87 main road to Skye runs 30 yards from the end of the bridge to the castle and (b) the castle itself was almost fully rebuilt and restored between 1912 and 1932 by Lieutenant Colonel John MacRae-Gilstrap after almost two centuries of neglect. This in no way detracts from the enjoyment of your visit. The restoration is sympathetic and the love and care lavished on it is plain to be seen.
The restored castle contains a number of displays and artefacts relating to the history of the castle and the MacRae family, who have a long and honourable military tradition. The first castle was destroyed in 1719 during an early Jacobite uprising and a number of Jacobite articles can also be seen, including a lock of Bonnie Prince Charlie's hair - although I still think that the famed "Bonnie Prince" would surely have been bald if all the locks of hair attributed to him were genuine!
The kitchens of the castle are still as they were in 1932, when they were first installed, and a clever display using life-sized models shows the kitchens just before a sumptuous dinner is about to be served in the Victorian era.
If you are visiting the Highlands, Eilean Donan is not to be missed. It is still in private hands, so your Historic Scotland and National Trust cards are not valid, but the entry fee of £3.95 (adult) is not excessive and student discounts are available. Allow a couple of hours to be sure you've seen everything.
Additional information may be found at www.eileandonancastle.com.
From journal Driving Through Scotland