Eilean Donan Castle Although the island of Eilean Donan has been a fortified site for at least 800 years, the present building largely dates from the early 20th century. Today's castle, which rose from the ruins of its predecessor, was re-built between 1912 and 1932 by Lieutenant Colonel John MacRae-Gilstrap. You can explore almost every part of the Castle from the Banqueting Hall to the bedrooms. You'll be following in the footsteps of many a warrior - from the Vikings to James Bond, from Jacobites to Hollywood's 'Highlander'. Our guides will welcome you, show you around and answer your questions. The introductory exhibition depicts the early history of Eilean Donan and the days when the Castle sat at the heart of the sea kingdom of the Lord of the Isles The single barrel vault which spans the Billeting Room is some 760 mm (2' 6") deep and the walls are up to 4.26 m (14') thick. It is thought that in earlier times this would have been the billet for off-duty soldiers. Today it contains a fascinating collection of castle, MacRae family and local history artefacts. Known as either the Great Hall or Banqueting Hall, this finely proportioned room owes some of its characteristics to the Halls found in medieval castles and others to the relative comfort demanded by a more modern age The massive walls and vast fireplace are familiar features of Scotland's fortified buildings. The gothic, leaded windows owe more to Victorian romanticism. The substantial timber beams are of Douglas Fir and were shipped from British Columbia during the restoration of the Castle as a gift from the Macraes of Canada. Today the Great Hall contains fine furniture, family portraits and Jacobite memorabilia including a lock of Bonnie Prince Charlie's hair. The third floor of the Castle was only opened to the public in 1995 after the bedrooms were renovated. The tartan fabric carpets are a MacRae sett woven by the company of a great grandson of the family. The recreated kitchen enables visitors to experience the sights, sounds and smells as Mrs. MacRae-Gilstrap, the butler and the kitchen staff prepare for one of the first banquets to be held in the newly rebuilt Castle in 1932. If you want to rest your feet and gaze at the views from the comfort of the visitor centre, then please enjoy our coffee shop or browse in the gift shop At the meeting point of three sea lochs on the west coast of Scotland, Eilean Donan is situated by the picturesque village of Dornie on the main tourist route to the Isle of Skye. From the Castle you can walk to Dornie at the mouth of Loch Long, see the Cuillin of Skye in the distance across Loch Alsh or look to the head of Loch Duich towards the dramatic Five Sisters of Kintail. Travel a short distance to visit the outstanding brochs of Glenelg built over 1500 years ago, wander through the Lochalsh Woodland Garden at Balmacara, or climb up to the Falls of Glomach. The Isle of Skye is easy to visit either via the ferry at Glenelg or the bridge at Kyle of Lochalsh (8 miles from the Castle).