MSP’s Praise as Eilean Donan Castle Named Five Star Attraction by Visit Scotland

By Reporter, The HighLand Times, Thursday November 30 2017

A Highland MSP has congratulated Eilean Donan Castle after it was officially awarded a five-star visitor attraction rating by Visit Scotland.

MSP for Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch Kate Forbes hailed the castle’s team “for the power of work that has gone into achieving this success”.

Eilean Donan Castle, which welcomed 540,000 visitors this year, was also named the winner of the Best Heritage Tourism Experience category at the Highlands and Islands Tourism Awards ceremony earlier this month.

Kate Forbes MSP said:

“I would like to congratulate Eilean Donan Castle for the power of work that has gone into achieving this success.

“Whilst Eilean Donan is already such an iconic image, there has been no resting on laurels and instead the team at the castle have obviously invested time, effort and money into making Eilean Donan an absolutely fantastic place.”

The castle, which sits on a small tidal island where the sea lochs Loch Duich, Loch Long and Loch Alsh meet – is one of Scotland’s most iconic sites and regularly features on postcards and TV.

Originally founded in the 13th century, the castle was destroyed in 1719 by government ships at the time of the Jacobite rebellions.

It was rebuilt in the early 20th century, and is now one of Scotland’s most popular tourist attractions.

Last year Eilean Donan Castle featured as the winning design on Kate Forbes MSP’s festive Christmas card after a competition to all primary schools in the constituency.



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