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Eilean Donan Castle is certainly one of the best known highlights of northern Scotland: I visited this area again after 20 years, but this time I knew that passing and seeing this wonderful piece of architecture on the way to somewhere was not enough: Therefore I decided to spend the night in the vicinity, and wait for the dark blue and illumination : It was not befor 11.00 pm. that I got the right light although this picture was taken probably around 10.00 pm. The place was full of tourists when I arrived in full sunshine around 5.00 pm, but deserted at the time of the photo.
I have found some more details of the castle in Wikipedia ;
Eilean Donan (Scottish Gaelic for Island of Donan), is a small island in Loch Duich in the western Highlands of Scotland. It is connected to the mainland by a footbridge and lies about half a mile from the village of Dornie. Eilean Donan is named after St. Donan, a celtic saint martyred in the Dark Ages.

Eilean Donan castle is the famous castle situated on the island. The original castle was built in 1220 for Alexander II as a defence against the Vikings. By the late 13th century it had become a stronghold of the Mackenzies of Kintail (later the Earls of Seaforth). In 1511, the MacRaes, as protectors of the MacKenzies, became the hereditary Constables of the Castle.

In 1539 Iain Dubh Matheson, chief of the Clan Matheson died whilst defending the Castle on Eilean Donan island against the Clan MacDonald of Sleat on behalf of the Clan MacRae and Clan MacKenzie.

In April 1719 the castle was occupied by Spanish troops attempting to start another Jacobite Rising. The castle was recaptured, and then demolished, by three Royal Navy frigates on 10–13 May 1719. The Spanish troops were defeated a month later at the Battle of Glen Shiel.

The castle was restored in the years between 1912 and 1932 by Lt. Col. John MacRae-Gilstrap. The restoration included the construction of an arched bridge to give easier access to the castle. In 1983 The Conchra Charitable Trust was formed by the MacRae family to care for the Castle.
Eilean Donan is the home of the Clan MacRae.

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