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Eilean Donan Castle

Eilean Donan is a tiny island in Loch Duich, joined to the mainland by a small, elegant bridge. The island was part of the Macrae Clan's territory and in the 13th century they built Eilean Donan Castle, which occupies almost all of the land space. It was initially designed to defend the clan's land from invading Vikings, who had previously seen the site - at the meeting point of three sea lochs - as a weak spot. Eventually the castle saw more battles between the warring Scottish clans.

In 1719, Spanish troops captured Eilean Donan Castle and razed it to the ground. For years it stood in ruins, but in the early 20th century the castle was lovingly restored using the original floor plans. The photogenic castle, further enhanced by its picturesque surroundings, has since become a popular tourist icon of Scotland. Its beauty has also been appreciated by countless film-makers, with a number of productions making use of the magnificent location. Among the famous films shot at Eilean Donan Castle are the James Bond film 'The World is Not Enough' and 'Highlander'.

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Highland Adventure
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  • DestinationScotland
  • Starts / EndsInverness
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“Beautiful Hotel, Very nice Tour Manager. The first day of the holiday was wonderful and left us very excited for the following two days, but the second day was slightly disappointing in that we had a Scotrail Deisel train rather than a "Great Steam Train Rail H=Journey of The Highlands" and were back at Inverness station by about 4:15pm. The third day was the drive to Aviemore by coach followed by a steam train ride on the Strathspey line. Scenery was nice but all in all quite disappointing, an extremely short train ride with a ten minute stop at Boat of Garten station, then another ten minute stop at the end of the line. We had been told this was the Glen Bogle Village, and most people seemed to think we would see the castle, but it was just a platform with a sign saying Glenbogle! That afternoon we were deposited back at the Hotel by 3:15pm, which was really the end of the Great Rail Journeys holiday as all that was left was to have dinner in the hotel and breamkfast the following morning and that was that. We were not expecting miracles, considering restrictions over the past year, but really this was only a three day holiday and NOT a five day one as advertised. We did still enjoy the trip as we were with friends, but it is doubtful that we would book another holiday with Great Rail Journeys. The Jacobite Express was really the only decent rail journey of the whole trip. Sorry.....
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