Thursday, March 17, 2011

Eilean Donan Castle

Have you ever wondered where in the world did Catherine Zeta Jones took a bath while Sean Connery held his binocular atop the window of an ancient fortress magnifying the body of Zeta Jones swimming on the beautiful lake of an unknown island in the movie ENTRAPMENT? The long narrow road where she used to pick her post mail while Connery observed on the tower? And later made an acrobatic stunt in front of him displaying her unique skills in stealing? Well, the location happens to be Eilean Donan Castle facing the breathtaking Isle of Skye!

This ancient castle made famous by several films like Elizabeth: The Golden Age, Made of Honor, The World is not enough and Entrapment, stood imposingly--alone without neighbors--on the edge of Eilean Donan island near the picturesque Loch Duich in Scotland. It can be reached through a long footbridge connecting the scenic village of Dornie. The castle is located between the placid lake of the western highland of Scotland with a romantic view of the hills and heather. It is one of the most photographed castles in Great Britain and the favorite venue of wedding ceremonies.

Eilean Donan Castle was built in the 13th century and became home to the Earls of Seaforth, the castle  then passed to different feudal clans first to the Macraes followed by the Mathesons who died fighting defending Eilean Donan island. At the start of the 20th century the castle went to the care of a certain Lt.Col. Gilstrap who made the restoration of the dilapidated castle, it was him who ordered the construction of the arched bridge to give an easy access to the castle. It was restored back to the Macrae clan who formed the Concha Charitable Trust in 1983 to take charge of the castle.

Eilean Donan Castle is open to the public for visit.