These castle walls

I recently took two days off and spent them driving around the west of Scotland. On the coast, and near the island of Skye, is the castle of Eilean Donan. It is sometimes described as Scotland’s most photographed building, and it features in recent TV advertisements for Scottish tourism. Although it looks rather ancient, it is in fact a reconstruction carried out in the early 20th century; before that it had been in ruins for some considerable time, and not much of the original building had remained. You can read more about it here.

Since it has been photographed so much, I thought I might add one more picture. Here it is.

Eilean Donan

Eilean Donan

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6 Comments on “These castle walls”


  1. I’ve never seen a photo of this castle before. You’ve set a high precedent for all the photos of it I may see later!

  2. MunchkinMan Says:

    Great photo, Ferdinand. The grey-scale gives atmosphere, depth and character.

  3. Al Says:

    Whiskey tour?
    Did you stop in tallisker?

  4. Anna Notaro Says:

    I remember that when I visited the castle, in spite of its interested history, failed to charm me, however the surrounding area itself and where the castle itself is located was breathtakingly beautiful. Good to see a different visual aesthetic in this photo compared to ones on an urban theme…

  5. mojo Says:

    It is also the ancestral home of Canadian Lieutenant Colonel John Alexander McCrae, who wrote the poem “In Flanders Fields” after the second battle of Ypres in the 1st World War.

  6. Vince Says:

    One of the most important occurrences in State formation came to pass in those waters. The Kyle of Loch Alsh was hidden from the Atlantic if you didn’t know the waters but a Dutch spy created a Rutter of the waters which carried the royal fleet through the hidden gap to the waters behind and attacked the far far larger fleet of the Lord of the Isles while it was at anchor.


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