Fighting Scots LbNA # 59433
|Placed Date||Jul 11 2011|
|Location||Kyle of Lochalsh, UK, INT|
"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."
For more information about the castle's history, check out:
A friend and I just completed a road trip through Scotland - and it is so beautiful! I was excited to find a few letterboxes - and plant this one as well!
In honor of our college's mascot, we've planted "Fighting Scots" at the beautiful castle Eilean Donan. Located in Dornie, Kyle of Lochalsh, Scotland - Eilean Donan is open between March and October. Check the website for more details. The box itself is not located on castle grounds, so no fee is required; however, if you do decide to pay a visit to this beautiful historic site, be sure to befriend one of the tour guides inside - you may find yourself pleasantly surprised by the 'extras' they send your way!
Enter the main parking lot and go past the main lot, through the green gates to the overflow parking area. A sign next to the gates reads: "Car Park locked at 6 pm". Drive to the end of the parking area and look toward the castle, to your right. You will see a row of trees. Counting from the left, you'll see two trees, and then a gap through which you can view the castle. Make your way to the gap and have a seat on the first flat rock you find. Reach underneath, to the front right corner, and claim your prize.
As always, be sure to reseal all baggies and rehide well! Enjoy the sights of this beautiful land!