Eilean Donan Castle

Eilean Donan Castle, Kyle of Lochalsh: Hours, Address, Eilean Donan Castle Reviews: 4.5/5

Eilean Donan Castle
4.5
Historic Sites • Castles
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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This picturesque castle, built in 1220, holds the title of the most photographed castle in Scotland.
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ZolatheGreek
London, UK192 contributions
Apr 2022 • Family
A beautiful looking “castle”, or at least a relatively modern recreation of one. It looks stunning, as does the bridge to it. For most people, it’s really just a lovely photo opportunity. Looks great in Highlander and in real life! We thought that £40 for 4 of us was a little steep to look inside, so took the dog for a walk around it for a more reasonable £12.
Written April 14, 2022
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Kerrie S
Dundee, Scotland, United Kingdom57 contributions
Jul 2021
We visited here on holiday to the area with our young son. The price is £10 each for adults which seems a little steep when you can be round it in less than an hour but such is the price of these tourist attractions.

The castle itself is beautiful and it is very interesting getting to wander round and see the inside. There are many artefacts to browse but not a huge amount of information explaining them, however staff were always on hand to answer questions. You aren't permitted to take photos in the main tower at the request of the family who own it. This seems a bit odd when they have areas set up with was figures and on display but then are unable to take a picture of it.

The staff were very friendly and interactive and my 4yo enjoyed the wee booklet which contained a scavenger hunt of items to look out for and tick off.

You are not permitted to take backpacks which we were unaware of until arriving but there are lockers on site to stow your belongings.
Written July 18, 2021
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JaneyL121
United Kingdom269 contributions
Jun 2021 • Couples
Such a picturesque castle, with a dramatic backdrop and definitely worth a visit, The castle itself is fairly small and the rooms were set out as they would have been which was interesting. We thought the £10 entry fee was reasonable and needed to help maintain such a historic place. The visits were controlled to ensure the smallish rooms in the castle weren’t overcrowded, plenty of sanitiser available and staff were helpful.
Written July 24, 2021
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Emma H
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Oct 2021 • Couples
We arrived here the morning of our last day of our North Coast 500 trip, we bought our tickets (2x indoor tours, 2x outdoor) as we were splitting with our party to head our separate ways home after the visit.
After we had purchased the tickets for an indoor tour at 10:25am we went back to grab something out of the car and got back to the area at 10:23. We were greeted with a women yelling at her colleague that “some people hadn’t bothered to show up and had missed their slot” when the 2 of us who were booked on to the indoor tour we were told by this same woman that we were on the wrong side and that we were not allowed that side of the barrier, of course I tried to correct her to which I was interrupted until my partner showed her our tickets.
Then crossing the bridge we also witnessed the other 2 of our party be yelled at by staff that he was going the wrong way when there was no signage. Now we all understand the need for social distancing, one way systems etc. at the moment but there was definitely a more polite way of asking for them to use the one way system that again was not sign posted.
Overall, I was really disappointed in the staffs attitude and I would not advise anyone to visit unless you enjoy being yelled at constantly and told you’re wrong.
Written October 3, 2021
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Jude D
Chelmsford, UK43 contributions
May 2021 • Friends
Our skipper phoned ahead to book 6 of us on the 1.30pm entry time - cost £10 adults or £9 seniors. We turned up in good time and were told there was no booking, we’d have to go in in twos and the next slot was 1.55pm. Too late for us all to do the tour and get back to the pick up point to go back to the boat.
We were offered the option of walking around outside the castle for £3. Some of the group did this and we all wished we hadn’t bothered. We were given a leaflet which we read expectantly hoping for some historic pointers about the castle…it turned out to be nothing more than advertising for their weddings and holiday home. When you do get to walk over the bridge it’s disappointing to say the least. You are directed down some steps to walk along a gravel path to the other side of the significantly rebuilt castle, which has a bit of grass, a few daisies and buttercups, a couple of field guns and the MacRae war memorial.
Very underwhelming and would not waste my money here again.
Written June 1, 2021
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Lucybloome
1 contribution
Jun 2022 • Friends
My friend and I visited Eilean Donan Castle on our last day in Scotland and we are so happy we did. It was absolutely beautiful and I wanted to specifically leave a review for Richard who works inside the castle - he was so wonderful and took us through the whole castle and enlightened us on it’s rich history. He provided a wealth of information and he even us taught about the optical illusions within the paintings hung in the banquet hall, and showed us the hidden peep holes that clan guards used to look through hundreds of years ago to protect their clan chief. He was full of charisma and truly helped us understand the long lineage of this castle and the beauty it encompasses. Thanks Richard! 10/10 recommend.
Written June 7, 2022
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B Holiday
London, UK11 contributions
Sep 2020
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.
Written September 20, 2020
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Charlotte L
Southampton, UK164 contributions
Aug 2021
Visited here because it was iconic, and it was exactly what we expected.
Castles aren't really our thing so it was nice that they were offering a reduced fee (£3pp) just to walk round the outside and to cross the iconic bridge. This seemed like a fair price.

We paid a small amount to park for a couple of hours (roughly 30 mins spent walking round outside the castle and taking pictures, 60 mins eating at the cafe). The food in the cafe was freshly cooked so it took quite a while to come out after ordering.
Written August 22, 2021
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Ian
Erskine, UK44 contributions
Nov 2021 • Couples
First of all you have to pay to park, cost us £4 for 2hrs. Then you either pay £3 to walk around the outside of the castle which takes about 5 mins or pay £10 pp to see the inside. We paid to go in... what a waste of money, 1st room is OK with some historical facts but the rest of the rooms have a few artifacts scattered around with little or no information to what they are or came from. All the rooms are very poorly lit which made it hard to see paintings ect. Lots of recent family photos on display but no idea why. Left feeling cheated, do yourself a favour and stop, take photo and research it on-line.. its the only way you will get the history of this beautiful Scottish castle.
Written November 1, 2021
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Debbie B
Thornton Cleveleys, UK12 contributions
May 2022
We arrived late in the afternoon (4.40pm) and were greeted by a very jovial chap in the car park. Parking is £2 for 2 hours and free after 5pm. A short walk over the bridge took us to the castle itself. Quite a few steps inside if you are visiting with anyone unable to use stairs. The downstairs exhibition was quite dark with lighting on the item and not on the "Write up" so we weren't sure what we were looking at. Once we got into the main keep, we had friendly exchanges with the hospitality staff inside who were happy to chat about the castle and the family. We spent a lovely and informative hour looking at the exhibits and visiting the gift shop. We may have been the last to leave but were invited to spend time walking around (though there isn't much to see outside though the views are stunning). What makes this place special is the staff. All very friendly and knowledgeable. Entrance was £10 which is reasonable for a castle. As it was late in the day an hour was sufficient as we had it to ourselves. At busier times you will definitely need longer.
Written May 16, 2022
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