We have had many enquiries as to the identity of the castle used in the Hotels In Scotland website header, so for the benefit of the rest of you - it is Eilean Donan Castle.

Recognizable to many for its frequent appearances in films and professional photographs, Eilean Donan Castle of the Scottish west coast is one of Scotland’s most famous trademarks. Although first constructed in the mid-thirteenth century, it was damaged at several points throughout Scotland’s turbulent history and even ruined during an 18th century Jacobite rising. It has subsequently been rebuilt and even added to on multiple occasions, the latest of these restorations effort occurring between 1919 and 1932. Today’s version of the castle is at least its fourth incarnation. Since then its main function has been part cultural and historical monument and part museum, hosting multiple exhibitions covering both the castle’s history and that of Scotland. The entire castle is open to visitors from March to October, and the premises can even be rented for private events if they are booked well in advance. 

Apart from the castle itself, the surrounding scenery is just as well worth the visit. Situated on an island at the junction of three sea lochs and surrounded by picturesque highland scenery, it is a beautiful spot for a day out even if you are not into history or medieval architecture. Check out the nearby Five Sisters of Kintail or, if you prefer civilization over nature, the nearby village of Dornie.