Humans of Eilean Donan

Eilean Donan Castle is easily the single most-photographed edifice in Scotland, if not all of the UK.

The castle itself was a pile of rubble until the man who owned it saw it restored in a dream, and then spent like 20-million pounds to put it back together in the 1920s. Now the restored castle stands on a small island at the edge of a picturesque loch (lake) in the western edge of the Scottish Highlands, on the road to the Isle of Skye. The castle stands at the end of a short stone-arch bridge amid a dramatic backdrop of highlands mountains. It’s really quite picaresque.

There are surely tens of thousands – hundreds of thousands? millions? – of photos of Eielan Donan. If you’re not familiar, here’s one of mine from our visit in 2012 that I posted to Instagram a couple of months ago.

But here’s an angle you don’t often see:

Everybody takes pictures of @1EileanDonan Castle. I got the bloke in the ticket booth. Oct. 2012

And if you’re interested and have a few minutes to kill, here’s a video account of the day we drove from Inverness to the Isle of Skye, passing Eilean Donan along the way.

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