Architecture - Eilean Donan Castle
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Eilean Donan Castle is sometimes described as the most photographed and most romantic castle in the world. It is situated in the far north-west of Scotland, at the meeting point of three sea lochs on the west coast of Scotland and by the picturesque village of Dornie on the main tourist route to the Isle of Skye.
The name Eilean Donan, or island of Donan, is most probably called after the 6th century Irish Saint, Bishop Donan who came to Scotland around 580 AD.
The first fortified structure was built on the island in the early 13th century. Over the centuries, the castle itself has expanded and contracted in size. The medieval castle was probably the largest, with towers and a curtain wall that encompassed nearly the entire island. The main keep stood on the island’s highest point. Around the end of the 14th century the area of the castle was reduced to about a fifth of its original size.
Fighting reduced the castle to ruins in the early 18th century and it stayed as ruins for nearly 200 years until Lt Colonel John Macrae-Gilstrap bought the island in 1911. Over a 20yr period the castle was restored to former glories using surviving plans from earlier phases.
To learn more about the castle go to the website: http://www.eileandonancastle.com/
Stickers – The included flag would be St Andrews Cross, also known as the Scottish Saltire.
Dimensions – The model has 1600bricks and would fit on a base area of 64 x 32spots if that was desired.