Video: Ten Scottish castles on islands

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There are few better defensive positions to build a Scottish castle than safely surrounded by water on an island.

Everywhere you turn in Scotland, you stand in the shadows of our rich and colourful history.

Eilean Donan Castle is one of the most recognised castles in Scotland. It is lit up red until 12 November in support of the Scottish Poppy Appeal.. .. (c) Stephen Lawson | Edinburgh Elite media

Eilean Donan Castle is one of the most recognised castles in Scotland. It is lit up red until 12 November in support of the Scottish Poppy Appeal.. .. (c) Stephen Lawson | Edinburgh Elite media

A favourite among international visitors, the battlements.

Their assured defence from invaders was often at the centre of their construction.

Some have panoramic views atop a hill and others, like those in the video above, are protected by water all around.

One of Scotland’s most iconic castles, Eilean Donan, sits atop a rocky outcrop, connected to the mainland by a bridge. The water under the bridge isn’t incredibly deep, but it would have certainly slowed opposing forces down.

Even today, Threave Castle in Dumfries and Galloway is only reachable by boat. Crossing the wide moat, lined with thickets and reeds would have been given archers plenty time to pick off advancing foes.

Another of Scotland’s iconic castles, Duart Castle, sits high atop a hill and surrounded by water. Duart Castle was home to Clan Maclean before being successfully besieged by Clan Cambell, who scattered. the stones of the battlements all across the landscape.