101 places to go – Eilean Donan Castle

Our new recommended destination is something of a ‘one size fits all’ attraction, offering a beautiful showcase of British history, some stunning surrounding scenery and connections to some of the country’s most popular cultural exports.

Located on an island that, at the last count, had the sum total of one lucky resident, Eilean Dolan Castle is not just one of the greatest examples of medieval architecture that you could wish to experience on a break in the UK; it’s also not just one of Britain’s most naturally beautiful filming locations, having featured in James Bond: The World is Not Enough, Highlander, Entrapment and more. Eilean Dolan Castle and its surrounds is actually a wonderful combination of all these things, which, needless to say, makes it enormously popular with visitors.

Despite its popularity, it’s still entirely possible to find yourself surrounded by nothing but tranquillity and stunning views at Eilean Dolan Castle. Visit in the early hours, with the mist drifting in from the water, and it’s like you’ve been transported back to a time when the unique left turning spiral staircases offered a practical advantage to its occupant (a left-handed king) and not just a rare architectural quirk!

The journey to Eilean Donan Castle is equally unique. Close to Dornie, a small village that runs along the waterfront, you’ll find a stone walkway that connects you to the island. Once you’ve made your way over you’ll find a wealth of natural scenic beauty that perfectly complements the castle’s iconic façade. In fact, just stopping and admiring your surroundings is one of the best ways to pass the time at Eilean Donan.

Have you visited Eilean Donan? Share your experiences in the comments section. If you’d like to pay a visit then take a look at our fantastic featured holiday cottages in Scotland today.

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