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Eilan Donan – Loch Duich, Scotland

Eilean Donan is one of the most recognized castles in Scotland. It is a small tidal island where three lochs meet, Loch Duich, Loch Long and Lock Alsh in the western highlands of Scotland. This picturesque castle often appears in photographs, films and television dominates the island, which lies about 1 kilometer from the village of Dornie.

In 2001, the island had a recorded population of just one person but there were no usual residents at the time of the 2011 census. The castle was founded in the 13th century and became a stronghold of the Mackenzie Clan and their allies, the Macrae Clan. In the early 18th century, the Mackenzies’ involvement in the Jacobite rebellions led in 1719 to the castle’s destruction by government ships.