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Eilean Donan Castle Tours

Eilean Donan Castle

One of the most photographed sites in Scotland, the Eilean Donan Castle dates back to the 13th century. Built as a defense against the Vikings and used during the Jacobite rebellions in the 18th century, this loch-side castle was restored in the 20th century and is now a popular destination for weddings and tours. 

The Basics

Located on a peninsula in Loch Duich, this stone castle is surrounded by water and rugged hills. Take a tour of the restored interior to see what life was like here and admire historical artifacts, then take a stroll along the shore of the loch. You can also see the castle on many single-day and multi-day tours of the region, which also include other nearby landmarks such as the Isle of Skye and Loch Ness. 

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Wear waterproof shoes; the shores of the loch may be muddy.
  • The castle is occasionally closed for weddings; check the website before a visit.
  • Lockers are available on site for storing bags. 

How to Get There

Eilean Donan Castle is located in the village of Dornie, which connects Loch Ness to the Isle of Skye. Most visitors arrive by car or as part of a guided tour that includes transportation from Edinburgh or Glasgow. The castle is approximately a 4-hour drive from Edinburgh. 

When to Get There

The castle is open to visitors every day except for major holidays from February–December but is closed in January. Hours vary depending on the season, but generally run from mid-morning until mid-afternoon or early evening. The most popular time of year to visit is during the summer. The castle is occasionally closed for weddings, so check the schedule before visiting.

Film History

Visitors may recognize Eilean Donan Castle from the silver screen. In the James Bond movie The World is Not Enough, the castle was a secret MI6 base; in the 1986 film Highlander, it serves as the backdrop for the procession of MacLeod clansmen headed out to battle, and in the film Elizabeth: The Golden Age, it stands in for Fotheringhay Castle.


Address: Dornie IV40 8DX, Scotland
Hours: Open daily 10am - 6pm from March - Nov (opens at 9am in Jul & Aug)
Admission: Adults: £5.50
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The Isle of Skye & Eilean Donan Castle from Inverness

The Isle of Skye & Eilean Donan Castle from Inverness

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Take a break from the city on a full-day trip through the Isle of Skye with convenient round-trip transport from central Inverness. In addition to navigating, your guide offers commentary about the area’s top landmarks, including Eilean Donan Castle, Portree, and the Old Man of Storr. Bring your camera: This trip offers endless panoramic views of Scotland’s natural landscape.
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Skye and Eilean Donan Castle Small-Group Day Tour from Inverness

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Visit Eilean Donan Castle and the spectacular Isle of Skye on a full-day trip from Inverness, and explore an iconic Scottish landscape of wind-swept valleys, rock formations, and coastal cliffs. Travel in a Mercedes mini-coach, following a route through the mountains of Wester Ross on your way to Eilean Donan Castle and the Isle of Skye, then visit the island’s highlights with an experienced guide. This full-day tour departs from central Inverness, and it’s the perfect introduction for first-time visitors to the Isle of Skye.
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1 Day Tour from Inverness - Isle of Skye, Fairy Pools, and Eilean Donan Castle

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Head for Scotland's Isle of Skye and skip the hassle of driving or booking transportation on this jam-packed, full-day guided tour from Inverness. Traveling by minibus, you also visit such famed sites as Loch Ness and Eilean Donan Castle on the journey to the island, where you swim in the Fairy Pools and spend some time exploring Skye's highlights.
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Torridon, Applecross and Eilean Donan Castle Small-Group Day Tour from Inverness

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Experience the scenic highlights of the Scottish Highlands on a full-day trip from Inverness to Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve, Loch Maree, Applecross, and the picturesque Eilean Donan Castle, which stands at the confluence of three lochs. Travel in a top-of-the-range, 16-seat Mercedes mini-coach with a small group that’s limited to sixteen people, and learn about Highland history, culture, and wildlife along the way.
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Travel from Inverness to the Isle of Skye on a 10-hour day trip through the Scottish Highlands. Pass through glens and rugged mountain scenery, with stops at Loch Ness, Broadford and the ruins of Eilean Donan Castle, before reaching the purple heather–swathed hillsides of Skye. Then see the isle of Eilean Ban on the journey back to Inverness.
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Romantic Eilean Donan Castle

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Frequently Asked Questions

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What are Eilean Donan Castle hours of operation?
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Eilean Donan Castle hours of operation: Open daily 10am - 6pm from March - Nov (opens at 9am in Jul & Aug). Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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