Caisteal Maol, Kyleakin

Caisteal Maol, Kyleakin, Skye

This evening, I am focusing on a one of Scotland’s many ruined, but historic castles, namely Castle Moil ( or Caisteal Maol in Gaelic).

This castle is strategically located at Kyleakin which in its day would have controlled the waterway between Isle of Skye and the mainland. In the distant past when the west of Scotland was under Viking (Norwegian) control the then fortification appeared to have connections with the ruling elite because it is believed that in the nearby waterway (or Kyle)  King Haakon IV of Norway assembled his fleet prior to the Battle of Largs in 1263. To cement the Viking connection, at one time the castle was known as Dun Acainn which roughly translates as Haakon’s Fort.

The current structure represent the ruins of a three storied, rectangular keep which was originally the fortress of Clan Mackinnon and was in operation between the 15th and 17th centuries after which it deteriorated into its current ruined state. The remaining walls have been secured to prevent further deterioration but the site is unsafe to visit. Image above shows the castle in winter whilst that below shows a summer evening scene.

Castle Moil, Kyleakin

Castle Moil, Kyleakin, Skye

 

Worthwhile to stop by for a photograph when visiting Skye.

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