Eilean Donan Castle
Eilean Donan Castle
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
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
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
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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1-2 hours
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  • Joanne G
    Liverpool, United Kingdom332 contributions
    Beautiful castle
    Visited here in September, and it doesn't disappoint. It is a beautiful picturesque castle. There is plenty of parking which you pay for and there are places to eat if you fancy something. The castle has a lot of history and is well worth a visit. The drove from Glencoe to Eilean Donan is just beautiful. The scenery is spectacular.
    Visited January 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written January 9, 2023
  • Dave B
    Falkirk, United Kingdom72 contributions
    The drive to Eilean Donan is stunning and the Castle is beautiful as it comes into view in its surroundings
    Stunning location and the drive to this is beautiful. Castle is stunning sat prominently on the island and can imagine the night time pictures don’t do it justice. Interesting story behind the castle and family who have this castle, as you walk around you get a glimpse into the history and the family. Well worth visiting if you’re travelling around the Highlands!
    Visited February 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 2, 2023
  • Jaimi M
    16 contributions
    Quick, but Beautiful Stop
    Not much to see here but a beautiful castle in the middle of the Loch! A perfect look back into Scotland's crazy history! We stopped around 6pm as it was getting dark and the entire castle was lit up from the outside, so it looked even more magical! If it's on your way, definitely stop here!
    Visited February 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 5, 2023
  • AmyEG3318
    Toronto, Canada167 contributions
    One of our favourite castles
    Incredibly beautiful location (the drive there was magnificent!) and a very interesting attraction to visit. The castle is well-known for being a film location for films such as Highlander, which is why my husband wanted to visit. It didn't disappoint! No photos are allowed inside the castle, but you can get some fantastic photos of the exterior. There are very knowledgeable employees stationed throughout the castle who will answer any questions you might have. The castle does have stairs you must climb, but they're not bad, unless you have mobility problems. In the visitor's centre, there's a nice cafe, a food hall, and a gift shop. There's also a quick "walk-up" cafe just outside the centre, near the car park.
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 26, 2023
  • Sharon
    Manchester, United Kingdom187 contributions
    Slightly disappointed
    Slightly disappointed, the leaflet made it look more than it was. The staff were all lovely and friendly but the castle had so many modern updates it lost its old charm for us. You had to pay on the car park, get there early it fills quickly. We paid the higher rate but didn't need that amount of time after all. Worth a visit but not really more than an hour.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 9, 2023
  • Victoria B
    Raleigh, North Carolina1,632 contributions
    Stunning!
    We only used Eilean Donan Castle as a pitstop between Ft. William and Portree. We needed to stretch our legs and the glassy waters around it were just stunning, reflecting puffy white clouds of the sky. The castle was just opening for the day, so the crowds weren't there. Gorgeous location!
    Visited August 2022
    Written April 20, 2023
  • Mel H
    9 contributions
    Amazing castle in magical location
    We visited on a rainy day and had a wonderful time. The castle is so well presented and the information available really helps to get a feel for the place. We can highly recommend a visit to Eilean Donan castle.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written May 2, 2023
  • DadandCab
    Coffs Harbour, Australia1,178 contributions
    Beautiful location, very photogenic
    A spectacular location, well worth a visit. The castle grounds and the building are relatively small so its best to try and avoid busy times as the rooms can get quite full of people. There is some history and background, public rooms, bedrooms and kitchens on display. For a smaller fee you can roam the gardens and bridge without going in. Its also an easy walk from the small township of Dornie where there’s a couple of pubs for before or after visit refreshment although there is a cafe and shop at the castle. Last entrance in through the castle doors is 5pm.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 3, 2023
  • Bethany W
    Nashville, Tennessee3 contributions
    Magical - don’t miss this one!
    My 11 year old daughter was growing weary of castles after four days of touring. One of the staff members here, Richard, noticed and gave her an activity book, explained all about clan names and crests, showed her some of the castle secrets, and told us all special places to visit in the area. The place itself is fascinating and absolutely gorgeous, but Richard made it pure magic. Lots of parking and nice visitors center.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 5, 2023
  • PLOMutd
    12 contributions
    Eilean Donan Castle
    Lovely place to visit filled with lots of history. You can’t take photos inside the castle which is a shame because there is too much to read through. It was very busy, especially the car park. There was shops and places to get food which we didn’t realise until we got there. You can park for up to 3 hours in the car park.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 6, 2023
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Brett C
Buda, TX68 contributions
Apr 2019
ok, first the good, this pace is ICONIC. this is the castle from Highlander, The World is not enough, Entrapment, etc... the food at the cafe is really good, the views are BREATHTAKING.

the not so good: it's not the original castle, it's a recreation from the 1920's. The first room of the tour is the basement which gives you a brief history of how long there have been fortresses on this island going back to almost viking era. then the timeline gets to 1719 when the castle was blown up, the next room you find out the castle is a recreation built by a rich family and everything else is a private collection of things that this family has... interesting to some, but not really to me. They give you no heads up of this before you buy the (frankly overpriced) ticket to cross the bridge, which feels kind of "bait and switch-ish" to me.

Lots of historical items in the collection but nothing is really given any context as to why it's important, even with the audio tour. the only really interesting parts were the few spots where you could see parts of the original building.

so to sum it all up, go, stop by, park, have some lunch, take some gorgeous pictures, then head out to the next thing you want to do for the day, don't waste your time on the tour, there are better castles to see.
Written February 11, 2020
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david221b
Driffield, UK275 contributions
Sep 2020
I base my review title on the opening page of a very thorough guide book! The owners have been using this place for their holidays for many years it seems - so you are basically contributing to the cost of the upkeep of their holiday home! We dont have the budget that permits us entry, so took a host of photos, bought the guide, talked to some lovely (likely) under paid staff and having finally got there (we are in our 60s) headed off to the Isle of Skye. If you do have the funds to go in, I hope you enjoy your visit. Everything in the shop and in the cafe is highly priced but we made do with what we could and have some photo reward for getting to this well known establishment without contributing to the owners bank account!
Written September 19, 2020
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Oct 2020 • Solo
Very famous and scenic castle, £11 entry but you the public can walk around the grounds for free to get pictures. It's only a reconstruction of the original castle and dates to the 1930s, I don't find it that pretty.

It's a nice castle but the contents are quite dull, boring and "stuffy", it's really just a pokey country house full of old tat. Cannon balls, shoe buckles, some family paintings, military paraphernalia, crockery, smoking pipes and Victorian furniture. Having paid for entrance I'm glad to have been inside but thinking that I'd rather not have bothered tbh. Forbidden to take any photos of the inside for no clear reason.

Shop is just more of the same as you'll see in any other tourist spot in Scotland. Good quality but quite expensive stuff.

Café is good and value for money (accessible from car park).

They adhere to Covid guidelines very well, sanitiser upon entering every room and they wipe surfaces as you pass through, masks must be worn indoors.
Written November 2, 2020
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Jude D
Chelmsford, UK44 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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JaneyL121
United Kingdom274 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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CharlieCupcake21
Sheffield, UK163 contributions
Feb 2020
We visited on a rainy, windy, horrible day. People were getting blown about all over the place, and it was absolutely stunning.

The view from the car park is amazing, the castle had such an atmosphere. We ran to get tickets to go inside (no photographs allowed when you're in) and almost got blown back across the bridge!

Inside is full of history and so many things to take in. The staff were all really chatty, friendly and helpful, and the audio guide gave us so much information. It was a really enjoyable few hours.
Written March 28, 2020
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victoria B
Lincolnshire, UK577 contributions
Oct 2020
This is a stunning place to visit and the location spectacular.

There is a great picnic area with seating adjacent to the entrance and there is an excellent restaurant. Due to Covid, takeaway was the only option but, the selection was fantastic. I had a real whopper of a toastie which was the haggis, bacon and mac + cheese option - washed down with excellent coffee. I sat at one of the tables by the loch, gazing at the castle trying to avoid the hopeful stares of the greedy seagulls perched on the low wall adjacent to me!

The castle was organised to be Covid safe with sanitisers everywhere and limits to numbers entering. A well planned time-slot system ensured that there were no queues and once inside, the place was more or less empty yet we had as much time as we wished to enjoy the rooms.

During the '15 the Jacobites took the castle then had a huge party on the roof before being beaten in battle. The Royal Navy caused the castle to be ruined in 1719 and it was neglected for some years before it was lovingly restored by a member of the McCrae family - who still own it today.

Walking around the castle you feel that you are in a family home and there are many interesting artefacts and historical items on display.

There are toilets near the car park and in the castle too which is handy.
Written December 4, 2020
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EvaP24
Southampton, UK48 contributions
Sep 2020 • Couples
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.
Written September 22, 2020
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millarm
Perthshire13 contributions
May 2021 • Couples
Horrendous customer service. They don’t allow people in without a face covering, including those with medical exemptions and disabilities. This isn’t made clear to you before you travel. I told a staff member that their policy is in breach of the Equalities Act 2010, and he told me that the rules didn’t apply to them as they’re a privately owned business.
They flatly refused to let me in without a face covering, even though I wear a Hidden Disabilities lanyard as “anyone can get them on the internet”. The staff member went on to explain that, essentially, they believe that most people who wear the lanyards are doing so just to get out of wearing a face covering because they don’t want to wear one.
The upset of this visit stayed with me for a few days and genuinely made me wary of going anywhere else in case I was refused entry or treated this way again. I emailed to complain, and I got an email back that was clearly supposed to be a forward on to a colleague, in which the staff member said, amongst other things, that I was lying.
I haven’t had a reply to either of my emails (other than the reply that wasn’t meant for me. Unless it was?!) and I can safely say I’ve never had such terrible customer service. It’s such a pity, as this is somewhere that I’ve wanted to visit for many years, but I certainly will never be back, and I encourage those of you with disabilities (hidden or otherwise) to not waste a journey.
Written June 13, 2021
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Emma H
1 contribution
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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