WE0009 - Low tide at Eilean Donan Castle, Dornie, Kyle of Lochalsh, Highland, Scotland
February 2013 - This is a more traditional view of iconic Eilean Donan Castle and here seen at low tide. The castle has appeared many times in films, on photographs and on television, so there is no point me introducing it.
The name "Eilean Donan" comes from Donnán of Eigg, a Celtic saint martyred in 617, who is said to have established a church on the island, although there is no proof.
The castle itself dates from the 13th Century, when it was a stronghold for Clan MacKenzie and allies, Clan MacRae, but it was destroyed in the early 18th Century by government troops following the involvement of the MacKenzies in the Jacobite rebellions.
Eilean Donan Castle was given its current look when it was rebuilt in the early 20th Century by Lieutenant-Colonel John MacRae-Gilstrap. It has been opened to the public since 1955 but, in 1983, the MacRae family transfered ownership to the Conchra Charitable Trust, specially created to maintain and restore the castle.