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Hiya dollfaces! Has your week been grand!?! Mine has been quite dandy and the weather has been glorious. I've been out taking some photos here and there, which I will share with you soon once I get them ready.  Some of you have been asking for more castles and history posts, so here you are! This is one of my favourite castles in Scotland, up in the highlands away from city life, there is only birds flying high, trees as green as emeralds, nature dancing and moving in wonder. The accents are soft and gentle, welcoming you with a smile and hello, as your transported back in time. Every step you can feel the historical riches seeping from the seems, as if your there and this is where you live. I truly say to anyone visit here, you will be happy you did, it's a marvellous and enchanting place. So much to learn and explore!!

Have a sweet weekend dollfaces!!
xoxoxo





A Bit of History

{ Eilean Donan (Scottish Gaelic: Eilean Donnain) is a small island in Loch Duich in the western Highlands of Scotland. It is connected to the mainland by a footbridge and lies about half a mile from the village of Dornie. Eilean Donan (which means simply "island of Donnán") is named after Donnán of Eigg, a Celtic saint martyred in 617. Donnán is said to have established a church on the island, though no trace of this remains.

The island is dominated by a picturesque castle which is widely familiar from many photographs and appearances in film and television. The castle was founded in the 13th century, but was destroyed in the 18th century. The present buildings are the result of 20th century reconstruction. Eilean Donan Castle is the home of the Clan Macrae.
Eilean Donan is part of the Kintail National Scenic Area, one of 40 in Scotland. In 2001, the island had a population of just one person. As one of the most iconic images of Scotland, Eilean Donan is recognised all around the world. Situated on an island at the point where three great sea lochs meet, and surrounded by some majestic scenery, it is little wonder that the castle is now one of the most visited and important attractions in the Scottish highlands. 
Although first inhabited around the 6th century, the first fortified castle was built in the mid 13th century and stood guard over the lands of Kintail. Since then, at least four different versions of the castle have been built and re-built as the feudal history of Scotland unfolded through the centuries. 
Partially destroyed in a Jacobite uprising in 1719, Eilean Donan lay in ruins for the best part of 200 years until Lieutenant Colonel John MacRae-Gilstrap bought the island in 1911 and proceeded to restore the castle to its former glory. After 20 years of toil and labour the castle was re-opened in 1932. 
Today, you can explore nearly every part of the castle, and enjoy a journey through the history of the area. The castle is one of the most photographed monuments in Scotland and a popular venue for weddings and film locations. It has appeared in such films as The Master of Ballantrae (1953), The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970), Highlander (1986), Mio in the Land of Faraway (1987), Loch Ness (1996), Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998), Entrapment (1999), The World Is Not Enough(1999), Kandukondain Kandukondain (2000), Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007), Made of Honor (2007) and in the television series The New Avengers (1976) and Oliver's Travels (1995).


It also appears on the cover of Secret Garden's album Dreamcatcher (2000) and the Brandywine Celtic Harp Orchestra's CD, Celtic Journeys (2008).
The castle is also featured in several of BBC One's famous "Balloon" network ID clips. 



{Loch Duich}

{Bridge across}

{Scottish kilts}

{Castle Reflections}

{A Doll's dream of a Castle}


{All of these photos are copyrighted to me, ©TimbarikaDoll. All Rights Reserved. Do not use or alter in any way without my permission}


                                         {info borrowed from Wikipedia & castle website}










56 comments

  1. nice post may i know about the camera you used for taking pictures?

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  2. How stunning and I loved hearing about the history! I've always wanted to visit Scotland and tour the castles. We'll get there one day :)

    Enjoy the weekend, love. Hope the weather stays glorious! xoxo

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  3. Scotland really is such a beautiful place, it's always a joy to visit Scotland when I'm over in mainland Britain, love these photos Doll, have an awesome weekend.

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  4. Gorgeous photographs - I love Scotland and all its beauty :)

    Joanne

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  5. You think I could have my wedding at one of those?!? Love each location and all the history. A girl can dream.....

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  6. Wow, it's so incredibly beautiful, I only saw it for the first time two years ago!

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  7. wow very interesting article , you have really done your research i see! stunning photography, it inspires me to travel...

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  8. I loved reading this.. My sister lived in Scotland for 2 years and she claims that's by far the most beautiful place she's ever lived in. I hope to visit some day!

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  9. These photos are breathtaking, I want to visit this place! Add it to my bucket list!

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  10. how amazing. can you imagine living there!

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  11. Loved the photos, thanks for taking me back.. lived in Edinburgh for three years and miss it x

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  12. This is giving me the longing to visit Scotland again! I was obsessed a few years back. So lovely, I hope I can visit one day soon!

    xo Mary Jo

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  13. beautiful!! gorgeous photos my dear!

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  14. aw thanks for your lovely comment x

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  15. I want to see some places like this in person. Can you imagine?!

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  16. I have been to this lovely castle! I was 15 and on a school trip... I loved every minute I spent there! Im so happy you shared this because it prompted a great memory!

    -Nico

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  17. I have always loved old castles. They make me dream...If you sell that Fabergé egg you, obviously, are in possession of. You might actually be able to by a place like this! ;) xxx

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  18. These photos of the castles are beautiful and i love the history lesson as well. Would love to visit Scotland one day!

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  19. I've never been to Scotland but have heard it's so gorgeous (as shown here by your amazing photos!) There is something so magical about a castle!
    Enjoy your weekend!

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  20. As soon as I saw the first picture I knew which castle it was. I can't wait to see it in person some day since it is one of my ancestral home. My great great grandfather was Jim McRae.

    beautiful pictures

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  21. WOW Kizzy! These photos are absolutely amazing! And I always love your history posts, I've learned something new today!!!

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  22. this place is so lovely and inspiring

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  23. Oh, your posts always inspire me. Now I am just dreaming away and thinking about how life would be if I lived in a caste :-D

    Have a great weekend! xo

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  24. Wow it looks so beautiful! Lovely post <3

    xo, H
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  25. Wow it looks so beautiful! Lovely post <3

    xo, H
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  26. wonderufl pictures and such a great article!

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  27. Hi baby,

    i absolutely love this post! I miss GB so badly, we spent our summer holidays in London last year and I need to get back there asap. I've never visited Scotland though, but I will! The castle looks great, I wish to see it some day..

    Well, anyway. Hope you're having a lovely weekend.

    Kisses !

    /U
    pug-a-licious

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  28. OMG, i really wish to visit Scotland one day - these places are breathtaking! Have a swwet sunday dollface!

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  29. What beautiful photos Ms. Kizzy! I love the reflection of the castle in the water. I am bummed we didn't explore Scotland before we moved out of London. We will definitely put this castle on our list!

    xoxo,
    Chic 'n Cheap Living

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  30. What beautiful photos Ms. Kizzy! I love the reflection of the castle in the water. I am bummed we didn't explore Scotland before we moved out of London. We will definitely put this castle on our list!

    xoxo,
    Chic 'n Cheap Living

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  31. geez! what a lovely post which is filled by some lovely places!! I really wish i was there (:

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  32. This is gorgeous - I would love to visit a castle like this!

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  33. I have heard so much about the beauty of Scotland..Those pictures seem a dream!! I so wanna visit Scotland someday :)

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  35. this is just like in the movies!!! i love it!!! Happy weekend!

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  36. Gorgeous castle!!!!
    What magical photos!!!!
    Isn't this weather amazing!!!! It feels like June!!!
    Hope you're having a great Saturday!!! :-)
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  37. i remembered this castle,its been in a few movies and the last time i read harpers bazaar mag,natalia vodianova held her naked heart event here as well,i hope one day i could visit this historical castle,hv u been here dear?

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  38. so i believe u from scotland dear?would love to visit there someday :)

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  39. Loved the phots, they're beautiful, makes me wanna go there! :)
    Hope you're having a lovely weekend.

    Lau

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  41. So much history... I feel now sad I didn't visit Scotland when I was in UK... maybe one day I'll pay a visit to your fairy tale land.

    Hope you and your lovely family are having a great weekend dear Kizzy!!!

    xxx

    ps. Pls more outfit posts... I miss your pretty face!!! Though the poster girls look pretty too :)

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  42. I would love to visit someday and see the castles up close! I really love to travel, so I'm going to add this to my list.

    Also, I'm so happy the weather has been glorious where you are! For me, it has been going up and down--hot and cold. No one knows how to dress. Haha.

    :)

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  43. honeybeeandmeonline.net2 April 2012 at 01:22

    Do you know why men in Scotland wear the kilts???

    xo
    m

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  44. This is breathtaking. I would love to visit Scotland,I have a lot of family from here.These photos are beautiful. It looks so peaceful.

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  45. hope someday to visit and meet u up as well

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  46. Like an old goth fairy tale. Splendid post!

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  47. So beautiful and I understand why you love this.

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  48. Really gorgeous!

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  49. These photos are simply breathtaking. Now you make me wanna go there.
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  50. Kizzy, it is GORGEOUS! These pics are breathtaking. That bridge looks like something from a fairytale. I enjoyed reading the history. Love these posts!
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  51. Scotland is a well known place for us. We spend at least a week year there.
    Wonderful photos indeed.
    Much love.
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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