Friday, 22 April 2016

Drone flight over Eilean Donan, Scotland's most photographed castle

Eilean Donan is the most photographed castle in the UK and, one of the most photographed tourist icons full stop. It is a symbol of Scotland around the world, appearing in films and many famous photographs. That makes it Scotland's most famous castle by far, and with Scotland being internationally recognised as being the land of castles, potentially one of the most famous castle in the world.

Now this could be controversial: I'm not sure it merits all that attention. It's not a bad looking castle, sure, but is it the best? I'd argue not. There are loads of castles around Scotland I'd argue are better looking and, in fact, have far greater and most interesting histories.

I believe it's fame owes largely to the fact that, firstly, it effectively has a moat - a bridge connects the small island it sits on to land (actually quite rare to see in castles) - and secondly, it's conveniently located on the point before arriving on the Isle of Skye. Hundreds of thousands of people pass the castle, with its convenient carpark and cafe, on their way to the magical Isle of Skye every year. It's an easy stop.

I hope this isn't taken as a grotesque act of treason. I'm a proud Scot and love our castles - in fact, I'll put more posts up about our great castles in future. If you're in the area, it's certainly worth stopping to see Eilean Donan, but if you are staying in Edinburgh or Glasgow, is it worth the long drive up? For the scenery, perhaps, but just for the castle... I'm not so sure.

We stopped at Eilean Donan during a Skye road trip, but it was unfortunately closed for repairs. The place was deserted, so it seemed like a great opportunity to get the drone out for a flight. Hope you enjoy the footage. You can see the vlog with that footage above, or you can click right here. Castles aren't easy place to fly a drone because of visitor numbers, but when they're deserted...


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