Eilean Donan Castle

Eilean Donan may just be the most famous castle in Scotland. The island the castle now stands on was an Iron Age fort and 6th century monastic site, with the first castle being built in the late 1100s/early 1200s to defend against the Norse. It was blown to smithereens by government troops after Spanish soldiers occupied it during the brief 1719 Jacobite Rising. A ruin for 200 years, it was magnificently reimagined by Lt. Col. John Macrae-Gilstrap between 1911-1932. A ‘tourist castle’ it may in part now be, but it’s still a must see if you ever VisitScotland.