Eilean Donan Castle, Outlander, and Serendipity…

Serendipity: noun. Definition: good luck in discovering unexpected things. (vocabulary-vocabulary.com/dictionary)

When it came time to choose a cover photo for Outlander Fan’s facebook page, I settled on Eilean Donan Castle, located in Dornie, Scotland.  It has always spoken to me, represented quintessential Scotland, and it ended up working beautifully with the Outlander Fan logo.  Little did I know just how much so…

A few days ago, my friend Connie Barlow sent me a link to an informational video and turns out sometime between the 12th & 15th century ownership of Eilean Donan Castle passed to Clan MACKENZIE, who appointed Clan MacRae as constables! And in 1715 Jacobite MacKenzies succesfully besieged the castle garrisoned by Spanish troops (acting on behalf of the British government)! Wow, how cool is that! I squealed in astonishment & shared it on the fb page. THEN a couple of fellow Outlander fans (Victoria Thor & Grace Madden) commented that they thought Clan FRASER was associated as well & there was an inscription on the castle stating so! I told them I thought my head would explode if it were true, lol.

Well, I did a little research, and sure enough, this is what I found at  http://eileandonan.wordpress.com/2011/04/05/clan-loyalties-run-deep/  :

Above the front door to the castle, the stone carving written in Gaelic translates to: “Whilst there is a MacRae inside, there will never be a Fraser outside.”

OMG! My heart is just filled with a sense of serendipity, that unbeknownst to myself I chose an image to represent Outlander Fan that has ties to both Clan MacKenzie AND Clan Fraser! I already had a passion for Eilean Donan, and now this Outlander connection via Diana Gabaldon just amplifies it… Pardon me whilst I commence head explosion, lol!


  1. Jerry Tompkins said,

    August 2, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    I don’t think a sense of serendipity totally describes your experience! Wow!!!

  2. OutlanderFan said,

    August 2, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    How would you describe it Jerry?

  3. Duncan McRae said,

    October 17, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    i cant wait to see the clan castle

  4. November 23, 2015 at 10:29 pm

    I’m trying not to be angry that the show and the books have left so much of the clan out of it. We are the McKenzies shirt of mail for God’s sake. We fought and bled and died at the battle of Sherriffmuir. During the jacobite uprising we fought against calvary and musketeers. I am hoping that someone does some mentioning of the wild and bloody Macraes, ye cannae ken awot acomes, the bloody Macraes come. Sgurr Uran!

    • January 16, 2019 at 4:14 pm

      I am a newly discovered descendant of the McRae clan and was about to rewatch the series to see if there are any characters or mention of the McRaes. I guess I shouldn’t get my hopes up.

  5. February 7, 2017 at 11:12 am

    This castle is a magical place and you feel it the moment it comes into view. Isle of Skye is perhaps the most beautiful place I have ever been.

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