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Eilean Donan Castle
It is one of the world's most photogenic castles. Eilean Donan dramatically sits on a tiny island at the intersection of three lochs (lakes) in the Scottish Highlands.
History in brief
A simple fortification existed on the island as far back as the 7th century.
However, it wasn't until the 13th century when a full-fledged castle-fortress was built.
In 1719, the structure was laid to ruins by naval gun fire and the intentional detonation of a sizeable cache of gunpowder stored within the walls.
It remained in that condition for 200 years until it was restored (1919-1932) to its current state.
Eilean Donan Castle is on the main road to the Isle of Skye, a popular vacation and s ightseeing destination.
Many believe it was named for the 6th century Saint Donan. The Gaelic word "Eilean" means "island" in English.
How to pronounce
Eilean Donan = "ee-LAHN don-un"
Location in Scotland