Eilean Donan Castle ~ One More Time


Hamburg, United States

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Probably the most photographed castle in the universe, this beautiful structure sits on the little Island of [St.] Donan, or Donnain, in as strategic & scenic a spot as any romantic warrior could want. Its home loch is Loch Duich, & its home port is the little town of Dornie, Wester-Ross. The island was first fortified in the 13th Century, & at that time, it was in the hands of the Mackenzies of Kintail, later the Earls of Seaforth. In 1719, it was occupied by Spanish troops when they attempted yet another Jacobite coup. This followed the famous Fifteen (1715), when the Old Pretender, the would-be James the Eighth of Scotland & Third of England, made his way from France to Scotland in an abortive attempt to lift the British crown from the Hanoverian German head of George the First & restore the Stuarts to the throne. The 1719 uprising found Spanish troops occupying Eilean Donan because, as the Pope & others were firmly behind the Roman Catholic Stuart dynasty, Spain stood in readiness to fight for the ousting of the Hanovers. But the uprising was a failure, the Jacobite backers were defeated at the Battle of Glen Shiel, & Eilean Donan Castle was retaken & badly damaged by the Royal Navy. The castle stood in a bewildering state of disrepair for nearly 200 years, but in 1911, Col. John MacRae-Gilstrap began renovations, & the castle was reopened in 1932. It is now the official home of Clan Macrae, protectors of the MacKenzies, & is open to the public. Because of its relentless visibility & its popularity as a photographic subject, Eilean Donan Castle was given the Icons of Scotland Award by Scotland Magazine in 2007. More about the castle can be seen here .

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