The most photographed castle in the world; Scotland’s most romantic and recognizabe castle. The name Eilean Donan, or island of Donan, is named after the 6th century Irish saint, Bishop Donan, who came to Scotland about 580AD and was executed after being allowed to finish Mass in 618AD. Robert the Bruce was given shelter by the Clan Mackinzie, the owners of the castle, after his defeat in 1306.It became the center of European history in 1709 when the Spanish Crown tried to restore the House of Stuart by sending a detachment of 300 soldiers to garrison Eilean Donan, making it a Jacobite stronghold during their struggle with the British. As a result, three English frigates sailed into the loch in 1719 and pulverized the castle. It laid in ruin until it was restored some 200 years later. Eilean-Donan Castle is located on a scenic island in Loch Duich Scotland (about 9 miles east of Kyle of Lochalsh by the A87 motorway), with mountains as a backdrop. It is now linked to the shore by a bridge which was added when the castle was restored in the 19th century. From the ramparts, one has a magnificent view of three nearby lochs. Two rooms, filled with Jacobite relics and momentoes relating to the Macraes (the guardians of the castle and hereditary bodyguards to the MacKenzies), are open to the public.
HORSE BRASS: CASTLE COLLECTION: Eilean-Donan
Designed and manufactured by ARMAC Brassworks in Birmingham, England where they have been producing quality brassware for more than 75 years. Cast using a pure first-run ingot brass mix rich in copper for superior colour and durability. Hand finished at the foundry.