I love this island! Eilean Donan is named after Bishop Donan, who is an Irish saint (Donnán of Eigg) that came to Scotland around 580AD. He is believe to have lived during the 6th and 7th century and is remembered for his attempt to convert the Picts of northwestern Scotland to Christianity. It was not successful and he was martyred for his faith in the early 7th century.
What you will find here is remains of the Iron Age fort and settlement. The island was home to a monastic community founded by St. Donan.
There was evidence that a Pictish fortress resided here during the 6th or 7th century. The Medieval castle was built in the 13th century, originally as a defense against the Vikings. It was located in a great location being isolated on a small rocky island at a point where three lochs meet (Loch Alsh, Loch Duich and Loch Long.) The castle palyed a role in the Jacobite risings in the 17th and 18th centuries and was occupied by Spanish soldiers in 1719, who were there to raise support for the Jacobites.
The castle was left abandoned for two centuries and in 1911, Lt. Col. John Macrae-Gilstrap, bought the island. It took two decades to rebuild the castle and a foot bridge was added from the mainland to the island. It was completed 1932.
I had no intentions of seeing any castles when we went to Scotland. My main focus was getting away from this place, seeing the scenery, spending time as a family and staying clear of humans. After seeing Ewans Castle near the Fairy Glen (which isn’t a ruined castle but a rock formation that looks like one) I was curious. This is the most photographed and one of the most popular castles in Scotland.
It’s location is a small tidal island where three sea lochs meet, Loch Duich, Loch Long and Loch Alsh, in the western Highlands.
The castle was founded in the 13th Century and became a stronghold of the Clan Mackenzie and their allies the Clan Macrae. In the early eighteenth century, the Mackenzies’ involvement in the Jacobite rebellions led in 1719 to the castles destruction by government ships. Lieutenant Colonel John Macrae Gilstrap’s twentieth - century reconstruction of the ruins produced the present buildings.
When the tide is just right you can see her beautiful reflection in the waters below. While the tide wasn’t perfect the day we visited her the sky sure was. #eileandonan#eileandonancastle#castle#Scotland#LeJeunePhoto
“And that's why i have to go back
to so many places
there to find myself
and constantly examine myself
with no witness but the moon
and then whistle with joy,
ambling over rocks and clods of earth,
with no task but to live,
with no family but the road.” ― Pablo Neruda