Eilean Donan castle is one of the most visited attractions in the Scottish highlands and is recognised all around the world. Situated on an island at the point where three great sea lochs meet it is surrounded by majestic scenery. It was first inhabited around the 6th century but the first fortified castle was built in the mid 13th century and stood guard over the lands of Kintail. Since then at least four different versions of the castle have been built and re-built as the feudal history of Scotland unfolded through the centuries. Partially destroyed in a Jacobite uprising in 1719, Eilean Donan lay in ruins for the best part of 200 years until Lieutenant Colonel John MacRae-Gilstrap bought the island in 1911 and proceeded to restore the castle to its former glory. After 20 years of toil and labour the castle was re-opened in 1932. Today you can explore nearly every part of the castle and enjoy a journey through the history of the area.