Eilean Donan Castle **
Region: Isle of Skye & Kyle of Lochalsh
Historically, the castle, like most in these parts, has had a rather chequered past.
Originally built in 1220 by Alexander II as a defence against the Vikings, it subsequently became a stronghold of the Mackenzies of Kintail who installed the MacRaes as hereditary keepers.
In 1719, it was destroyed whilst acting as a garrison for Spanish troops fighting for the Jacobite cause on behalf of the 5th Earl of Seaforth. Restoration work was only started two hundred years later and not completed until 1932.
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