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Eilean Donan

Dornie, Kyle of Lochalsh IV40 8DX, UK

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About Eilean Donan

Eilean Donan is a small tidal island where three sea lakes meet. Eilean Donan Castle which frequently appears in photographs, film and television dominates the island. The castle was founded in the thirteenth century, and became a stronghold of the Clan Mackenzie and their allies the Clan MacRae. A footbridge connects the island to the mainland.


Attractions near Eilean Donan

Bealach na Bà is a winding single track road through the mountains of the Applecross peninsula, in Wester Ross in the Scottish Highlands. The historic mountain pass was built in 1822 and is engineered similarly to roads through the great mountain passes in the Alps, with very tight hairpin bends that switch back and forth up the hillside and gradients that approach 20%. The name is Scottish Gaelic for Pass of the Cattle, as it was historically used as a drovers' road.

Liathach34.46km from Eilean Donan

Liathach is a mountain in the Torridon Hills. At a height of 3,461 feet (1,055 m), it lies in the Northwest Highlands of Scotland. When seen from the roadside below, its slopes appear to rise up in a series of near vertical rocky terraces. The traverse of the hill including both of its peaks is a challenging expedition; the intervening ridge is for the most part a series of rocky pinnacles. There are few places on the ridge for descent, so once committed, the hiker has little choice but to compl

Beinn Eighe35.94km from Eilean Donan

Beinn Eighe is a complex mountain massif in the Torridon area of Wester Ross in the Highlands of Scotland. It forms a long ridge with many spurs and summits, and it has a cap of Cambrian basal quartzite which gives the peaks of Beinn Eighe a distinctive light color. Its complex topography has made it popular with both hikers and climbers.

Plodda Falls39.48km from Eilean Donan

A 46 m high waterfall, a popular tourist attraction in the area. In 1880, a footbridge was built across the top of the falls which was replaced by a new viewing platform in 2009 due to safety concerns.

Glenfinnan Viaduct44.5km from Eilean Donan

A railway viaduct on the West Highland Line. The viaduct is built from mass concrete, and has 21 semicircular spans of 50 feet (15 m). It is the longest concrete railway bridge in Scotland at 416 yards (380 m). Glenfinnan Viaduct has been used as a location in several films and television series, most natably in four of the Harry Potter films.

Fairy Pools44.7km from Eilean Donan

The Fairy Pools are a natural waterfall in Glen Brittle on the Isle of Skye. The pools are a vivid blue and are a popular place for wild swimmers who brave the cold waters. The habitat of the Fairy Pools hosts a variety of animals, such as red deer, rabbits, and sheep.

Where is Eilean Donan

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Highland is a council area in the Scottish Highlands and is the largest local government area in the United Kingdom. Though relatively populous for a Scottish council area, it is also sparsely populated. At 9.0 per km2 in 2012, the population density is less than one seventh of Scotland's as a whole.