About Kintail, Scotland
This part of Scotland is known as Kintail and is situated between the western end of Loch Duich and the eastern end of Loch Cluanie. Loch Cluanie was created as part of the Hydro electrification of the Highlands. This is a mountainous area containing 17 Munros the most famous of which are “The Five Sisters of Kintail” which are in fact only 3 Munros!
Many consider that Kintail is one of the last great wildernesses which is still accessible to the main parts of Scotland. The greater part is now owned by The National Trust of Scotland and Kintail and Morvich estates cover an area of approximately 29 square miles or more simply 18560 acres
The area has had a turbulent history from the early Viking invaders to the Jacobite uprising which culminated in the battle of Glenshiel on 10th June 1719, the battle of Glenshiel was not part of the Jacobite uprising but a separate rebellion which was crushed in a single battle. On one side were the English Troops and on the other a collection of Jacobites and Spanish troops. It was the last engagement between English and foreign troops on the mainland of the United Kingdom.
The Eilean Donan Castle was originally built in 1214 for defence against the Vikings, it was destroyed later by Government troops during the Jacobite uprising. It was then rebuilt in the early part of the 20th Century as a family home, but today it is an iconic visitor attraction one of the most visited castles in Scotland.
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