The Castle Family   30 comments

Okay, this is where I’ll post photos of the Eilean Donan team, each of whom contribute greatly to what we are today. Without the care, dedication and passion of each of them the visitor experience might be very different.

I hate photos of myself, but guess I couldn’t really expect the rest of the crew to follow suit unless I put my own ugly mug up here! So here I am, enjoying one of my favourite pastimes!

David Win - Castle Keeper, Eilean Donan

And here’s the Gift Shop girls, from left to right, Laura, Carol (Shop Manager), Grace, Brenda & Alice.

The Gift Shop Girls (& me!)

Here’s Pam, our Administrator and Official Hider of the Stationary!

Auntie Pam - Reception

Laura and Nicole, our two fun-loving ticket touts! Otherwise known as “The Tequila Girls!”

Laura & Nicole

Five of our Coffee Shop team; from Left to Right – Mandy, Misha, Fiona, Maureen & Megan.

Five of the Coffee Shop girlies!

Two of “The Glen Belles”, Carol & Brenda from the Gift Shop.

Carol (Shop Manager) & Brenda 1

Three of our castles guides Irene, Alex and Wendy…….

See no Evil, Speak no Evil, Hear no Evil

This is Margaret, our oldest member of the team, but she won’t let me tell you how old! She works in the ticket box after some 15 years as a castle guide. Don’t let her petite size fool you, she’s a wee firecracker!

Wee Margaret fae the box!

Hmmmmmm………… guess who?

Probably the most photographed bum in Scotland..........

Another one of our guides, Alistair, a local man and a talented musician, currently learning to speak Spanish so he can chat with our Spanish visitors.


Two of the Gift Shop girls now, firstly Mama Smurf herself, our April ! She’ll never be the quietest lassie in the team, but she’s got a wicked sense of humour!

Mamma Smurf

And this is Grace. Grace owns more underwear than Marks & Spencers! She’s the Amelda Marcos of bras apparently!!!

Bubble from Ab Fab! You'll know what we mean when you hear her!

Some of the other Coffee Shop staff, Tom, Alice, Chloe and Sophie. Can you spot the twins?

Just let me fix my hair before you take a photo said Alice!

Antony (Sous Chef) & Craig (Catering Manager) the new boys in the team!

Hubble, bubble, toil and trouble.......

And this is our latest recruit in the Gift Shop, Tibby, who’s proved to be a BIG hit with the American boys recently!

Tibby - the baby of the family!

One of the most important jobs of the day at the start of each morning is baking the hundreds of fresh scones that are consumed in the coffee shop. Meet our Fiona who bakes a mean scone!

Our Fee, with the first batch of the day!

Posted June 24, 2010 by eileandonan

30 responses to “The Castle Family

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  1. What a wonderful site I enjoyed this so much…With my geneology traced to Eilean Donan Castle I am very interested….I went there with my daughter in 2000 back then we had heard our family was related to the MacRaes of the castle but now I have the geneology done and
    we can see it to be true in black and white….Totally love this site…I will be referring my daughter and family to this so they can get a looksie…Thank you for all you do…
    A MacRae………………….Darla

  2. I have really enjoyed the website and blog. We will be visiting Scotland in November and will be including a visit to the castle, however it looks like much of it will be closed for the season by the time we arrive.

    • Okay Tom, I have a real EXCLUSIVE for you. For the first time ever, we are going to trial limited winter opening. We intend opening Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 10.00am to 3.00pm, with guided tours every half hour. You’re the first to know!

  3. Discovered your blog via yahoo the other day and absolutely like it. Continue the good work.

  4. I was wondering what kind of items you have in the gift shop. My Uncle and Aunt are going there in November and I was going to ask them to bring something back from Eilean Donan.

    • Hi Kimberly, we have quite literally thousands of different items in the gift shop. Is it Clan MacRae items you are interested in or something else? Ifyou could be a little more specific, I’ll try to help. We’re hoping to launch our on-line shop this winter.

  5. I bought some wonder ful tshirts there with the family crest. Do you still have them?

    Mary McRae Tolle-USA
  6. I was interested in a book of Eilean Donan Castle with photos of the entire castle. McRae items are also an interest.

  7. How much of the castle was left, when they started rebuilding?

  8. I love this site! If you ever need a person who speaks English and Swedish fluently, let me know, I’d love to work for you!

    Merry Christmas,

  9. A great website you have here. If breathing long enough to visit Scotland, I’ll surely be at Eilean Donan.

  10. This site is the best. My family history has led me to Scotland, a place I want to relocate to…I look forward to finding out more about this beautiful place.

  11. Having visited the Castle on a few occasions it is good to see the faces of the people who make it all happen. Do you have any photographic records of the restorations? My late father worked on-site for a time after being de-mobbed after WW1. Some of his extended family still reside in Dornie. He emigrated to S. Rhodesia in 1921 to join Farquar MacKay, who also hailed from Dornie or Kyle, who was gold mining in Que Que at the time.

  12. Just came upon your website and blog via the Scottish Tourist Board site. We are holidaying around Scotland in July, so shall be visiting you then. Look forward to a scone and a cup of tea.

    Patricia Winder
  13. Awesome post – keep up the good work.

  14. what a wonderful virtual tour of a fantastic castle i was told i was named after the castle but spelt a different way,although i have always said i will visit sometime soon i may be in wales but my heart is with this castle

  15. Enjoying your site very much, will be visiting the castle in July, my McCrea ancestors came from Scotland and settled in Co.Down, Northern Ireland, haven’t been able to find out which part of Scotland they came from, hope to some day, really looking forward to seeing the castle.

  16. My wife and I have been twice to the Castle from Australia and very impressed, I was hoping to find a copy of the family tree that is hanging in the Banqueting hall just before going upstairs. Could not take a photo due to the no pics request. Hope someone can help as I am looking for lost generations in our family. Thank you. Scott McCrae

    • Hi Scott, I’m sorry, but we’ve experimented with a number of ways to reproduce the family tree, especially as a number of people have asked about it in the past. Part of the problem is that because the original document is so large, any reproduction into a remotely manageable size makes most of the small writing entirely illegible. I haven’t totally given up on it though and am hoping to scan it in sections if I can find a specialist to do it that won’t charge an arm and a leg!

  17. Would it be possible when Im in Scotland next time to copy it so I could map it out on a heritage family tree program, as it would be then ledgable to read and store the valuable information? Scott McCrae

  18. Thank you so much for all you’ve done to preserve this wonderful place. I descend from Clan McLennan with ancestors coming to America in 1600s. Would love to see the castle–it is breath taking! Lillian

    Lillian McLennan
  19. I have visited you twice now, the last time October 2010 there were archeological diggings going on. I would be interested to know what has been found and how far back anything can be dated. It is a beautiful site.

    Ann Weir (de Vere) Perth W.A.
  20. We got married at this beautiful castle in September 2003!!
    It is the most beautiful place. We now have 3 little one and would love to bring them all to visit one day. They have seen the video of the wedding.
    A wonderful day in a wonderful venue. Thank you

    Louise Crawshaw
  21. great to have an inside view of my ancestral home! 😉
    jenean c gilstrap

  22. Hi, Thought I would check out your blog as my grandad was a McRae! Always said it was his castle 🙂

  23. Eilean Donan is so beautiful and i cannot wait to see it in person and Now i Must come for a visit to see whos beautiful Bum that belongs to above……

  24. I have a September 1996 National Geographic magazine that has an article on Scotland. There is a beautiful photo of Eilean Donan Castle. It said the family, at that time, still lived in a wing of the castle, but I’m wondering if that’s still the case. Wondering if there are current photos of the family and what area of the castle they occupy, if so?

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