The rebuilding of Eilean Donan Castle took 20 long years.

The rebuilding of one of Scotland's most famous castles

It is one of Scotland's most photographed landmarks and the very essence of the romantic Highland castle.

But Eilean Donan Castle, as we see it today, was opened just 87 years ago following one of the most arduous and ambitious restoration projects of its day.

Lt. Col. John MacRae-Gilstrap (left) of the MacRae's of Conchra, the traditional bodyguards to Clan Mackenzie, bought the castle in 1911 and launched the restoration in 1919. PIC: Eilean Donan Castle.
Lt. Col. John MacRae-Gilstrap (left) of the MacRae's of Conchra, the traditional bodyguards to Clan Mackenzie, bought the castle in 1911 and launched the restoration in 1919. PIC: Eilean Donan Castle.
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The job was to take almost 20 years. PIC: Eilean Donan Castle.
The job was to take almost 20 years. PIC: Eilean Donan Castle.
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Stones, some  weighing about 1.5tons, were taken from the hills by Lochlongside and carried to the castle by horse and boat. PIC: Eilean Donan Castle.
Stones, some weighing about 1.5tons, were taken from the hills by Lochlongside and carried to the castle by horse and boat. PIC: Eilean Donan Castle.
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The restoration was praised at a time when  Scottish castles were facing wholesale demolition given the rising costs of maintaining such properties. PIC: Eilean Donan Castle.
The restoration was praised at a time when Scottish castles were facing wholesale demolition given the rising costs of maintaining such properties. PIC: Eilean Donan Castle.
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