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Elieam Donan Castle by Mike Bryant

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Mike Bryant Mike Bryant
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0.05 Gigapixels
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Date added
Jun 19, 2009
Date taken
Jun 18, 2009
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As one of the most iconic images of Scotland, Eilean Donan is recognised all around the world. Situated on an island at the point where three great sea lochs meet, and surrounded by some majestic scenery, it is little wonder that the castle is now one of the most visited and important attractions in the Scottish highlands.

Although first inhabited around the 6th century, the first fortified castle was built in the mid 13th century and stood guard over the lands of Kintail. Since then, at least four different versions of the castle have been built and re-built as the feudal history of Scotland unfolded through the centuries.

Partially destroyed in a Jacobite uprising in 1719, Eilean Donan lay in ruins for the best part of 200 years until Lieutenant Colonel John MacRae-Gilstrap bought the island in 1911 and proceeded to restore the castle to its former glory. After 20 years of toil and labour the castle was re-opened in 1932.


Gigapan Comments (2)

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  1. Tom Nelson

    Tom Nelson (June 20, 2009, 01:03AM )

    I'd love to see this at a higher resolution!

  2. The Gigapanographer Currently Known as "Kilgore661"

    The Gigapanographer Currently Known as "Kilgore661" (June 19, 2009, 05:29PM )

    Nice shot. It would look even better if it was geocoded like this one: www.gigapan.org/viewGigapan.php?id= 21836.

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