I had planned to visit the Isle of Skye on this moirning, but, when I woke up, the weather was windy and there was a pouring rain so I decided to go tour yet another castle of stone rooms. [heavy sigh] However, Eilean Donan Castle was different than the many other castles. It was more interesting because it was furnished as if the household had walked out in ... maybe 1955 ... and never came back home. Actually it is the home of Clan MacRae and is still in use by the Clan I think.
I especially enjoyed the recreated kitchen display. There are manikins dressed as Mrs. MacRae-Gilstrap, the butler and other kitchen staff who are getting ready for a dinner party in 1932. The tables and stoves are full of food props and there is a sound track playing of frying food, bubbling liquids, chopping sounds, etc. It was very well done, I thought. I have not seen a display like this very often.
You may remember this castle from movies and tv - Highlander and The World is Not Enough were filmed here. It is also one of the most photographed castles in Scotland.
Actually the Jacobite revolt story occupies a large part of the medieval scottish history, you may read of the famous Bonnie Prince Charlie many many times during your visits.
The walkway, through a small garden, leads to the part of the castle facing the lake.
You may see the small village of Dornie in the distance in this picture.
There is where I took the opening picture, actually the last in my Eilean Donan Castle collection.
The castle has been destroyed in 1719 as the jacobite lost the Glen Shiel battle
This castle good state of conservation offer you the chance to climb the stariways to the top, where you can enjoy the wonderful landscape from above.
The castle has been inhabited until the seventies, in the last century.
A lovely place for sure, but I fear also boring on the long run.
this is NOT legal, instead. I took it from inside the castle while attendants were not looking at me.
The trick anyway, is easy. Just enter the place with the camera on your neck, turn it on with a fast gesture when you want to take a picture, set in autofocus mode and wait for the right moment to do your crime....
This is legal too, as I took it a few meters away from the picture in the previous tip.
I love to take picture through windows, it gives depth to the image. Photographers far better than me, like simone, may laugh at it, but I really love it.
As in many other historical places her ein Scotland, taking pictures inside the building is not allowed, so that he maniac tourist is forced to buy small booklets from the shop for two or more pounds. I was at a balcony here, it was legal, then
but the news was that the castle was completely in ruin until th beginning of the last century, when his owner decided to give it a new life.
Twenty years were necessary to rebuild it, and this may give an idea of the situation before the works of reconstruction...continues...
The castle can be visited for a fair £ 5 entrance fee.
I paid without saying a word, but I can say now that historical places were SOOOO expensive to enter.
Scottish people definitely know how to get money from their national treasures.
I found the castle in a good conservation state but.... continues....
it is a shame, I know, but just spend a minute thinking about the influence movies and television have on all of us.
Highlander was an amazing movies when released some years ago, Sean Connery was in the movie (and he is among my favourite actors) and that's why I wanted to be there. A stupid TV doped guy
A long awaited destination the Eilean Donan castle has been.
Two reasons for this
n.1) while searching the best destionations to visit in Scotland, I stumbled on wonderful pictures of this castle too many times to refuse a visit
n.2) Highlander movie has been partly shot here..continue...