In this post I will be focusing on the “Eilean Donan Castle” by Emilia Bruce.
America author Diana Gabaldon is most known for her historical fiction Outlander series featuring time travel and Scotland. The protagonist Claire Randall is a married World War II nurse living in 1945 when she finds herself transported back to Scotland in 1743 where she encounters Highland warrior Jamie Fraser and becomes embroiled in the Jacobite risings.
Eilean Donan Castle was founded in the thirteenth century and became a stronghold of the Clan Mackenzie and their allies. In the early eighteenth century, the Mackenzies’ involvement in the Jacobite rebellions led to the castle’s destruction in 1719. Thankfully, it was rebuilt.
The Scottish highlands feature heavily in Outlander because Diana Gabaldon has a fascination for the landscapes and the history of the country. The successes of the books lead to Sony Pictures Television picking it up for a TV show. Naturally, there was only one place they could film the majority of it: Scotland.
There are many tours readers and viewers can take to feel like they really are inside the world of Outlander such as Glencorse Old Kirk, Hopetoun House, Linlithgow Palace and Doune Castle.
The latter has significant importance because it has been used as a filming location for many shows such as Winterfell in Game of Thrones and is the central part of Outlander.
Eilean Donan Castle doesn’t make an appearance sadly. However, many book fans have associated Eilean Donan more with how the perceived the location in the story to be and many make trips to visit the castle for this sole reason. It has become a little piece of literary history in its own special way.