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Eilean Donan Castle

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Eilean Donan Castle

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Terry W wrote a review Yesterday
Bracknell, United Kingdom928 contributions207 helpful votes
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We pre-booked our entry and got to the Castle at 3pm. Fully understanding that the staff are there to look after our well being and by doing so can open, why others complain?? Fortunate that the rooms were open and that there was a guide in one of them to answer questions. Yes it is someone's home, how wonderful that Lt Colonel John Macrae-Gilstrap bought the island in 1911. Along with his Clerk of Works, Farquar Macrae, he dedicated the next 20 years of his life to the reconstruction of Eilean Donan, restoring her to her former glory. So many left in ruin are just that - ruins. Paying to go in seems logical, can't imagine why it would be free. Lots of references to the history of the Castle are inside and I recommend that you take your time in each room.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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EvaP24 wrote a review Sep 21
Southampton, United Kingdom43 contributions26 helpful votes
The castle is absolutely stunning, from the outside is gorgeous and very picturesque. Def worth a stop and walk around and taking some photos. Inside however please save yourself money and hassle. Several rooms with not much in it. Also there is definitely something like massively over the top covid precautions which actually ruins the visit completely. I fully understand and support safety and making sure we are safe but there is something as too much the other way. Temperature checks and alcohol gel before going to the toilet? And then I left the toilet - with my hands freshly thoroughly washed and making sure I have not touched anything not to contaminate my hands .... going next door to a gift shop to have temp checked again and being asked to gel my hands. Maybe do your research about how contaminated alcohol gel dispensers are. Soap and water is still best way. When I refused to touch the dispensers I was told off and said thats the policy. In the end I kept using my own alcohol gel. Inside is even worse, you go from room to room, wearing a mask (which Im all for and advocate for if you can wear it), not allowed to touch anything yet in every single room same story - alcohol gel dispensers and staff refusing to let you in. You probably get covid quicker from repeatedly touching contaminated dispensers. Why can’t they make a one secure gated entry when to get into the premises you get temp check once and thats it. Like all other places do. Have an automatic gel dispenser on entry to the castle and exit rather than every single room (where ur wearing a mask and not touching anything anyway). The visit was completely ruined. Only thing I remember from being inside the castle is constant nagging by staff which is told and instructed what to do without any common sense or research behind it creating actually more hazard.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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redpointedheelsss wrote a review Sep 21
Singapore, Singapore27 contributions10 helpful votes
Paid 10£/pax (free parking). Worth the visit since Edinburg castle and Stirling castle are charging around 15-17£/pax for just 2-3 rooms whereas Eilean Donan allows you to see almost every rooms. Staffs are welcoming and felt safe throughout with covid-19 measures
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Marian wrote a review Sep 21
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Although beautiful place to see, I have experienced direct discrimination, as I was asked not to go to the gift shop without mask (med exempt) and go to reception for a exempt badge. cannot really think about worst feeling recently.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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B Holiday wrote a review Sep 20
London, United Kingdom11 contributions3 helpful votes
Beautiful castle with tours taking all correct Covid precautions to make staff and visitors feel safe - unlike another Castle we visited. Visitors are now required to book a time slot online to help with distancing but thankfully there was some drop in availability when we visited (£10 each). Beautiful time to see the inside of the castle without too many people about. Food in takeaway cafe is delicious and you can sit on benches outside overlooking the castle - worth spending time here to see the castle from the outside if you cant book a slot to get in.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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