Eilean Donan Castle

Eilean Donan Castle is a veritable jewel in the Scottish Highlands landscape. The castle sits on the confluence of the Lochs Duich, Long, and Alsh, which serve as a gateway to the Kyle of Lochalsh and Skye. The castle dates back to the thirteenth century, although lay dormant and in ruins for an extended period before restoration in the early twentieth century.

The iconic features of the castle are characterized by a series of three arch bridges which connect the tidal island to the western Highland mainland. These arches generally become a central feature of most landscape photographs of the site, including mine. There are two principal vantage points from which you can compose an image with the arches as a central feature. One of my favourites is from a location to the north of the site, across the Loch Long bridge. With a long lens, you can compose the image with the castle and arches as a semi-foreground, using the mountains across Loch Duich is a background. A second location offers a much simpler, but classic composition. Setting up on the footpath just immediately south of the castle allows the use of the three arch bridges as a foreground, acting as a lead line to the castle itself, which sits nicely along the one-third transect.


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