Knock Castle, Sleat, Skye, Scotland

This evening, I am posting information on one of Scotland’s lesser known castles albeit one is passed by tens of thousands of visitors each year as they transfer to/from the ferry port of Armadale on the Isle of Skye.

Knock Castle is close to the highway known as the A851, about four miles north of Armadale. Parking in the vicinity of the castle is very difficult and although there is no signage it is possible to reach the castle on foot.

As a defended settlement, the site has a history dating back to the Iron-Age, about 2000 years ago, when it was known as Dun Thoravaig. The first medieval castle was built in the 1300s by the MacLeods. This was replaced by the current structure in the 1400s by the MacDonalds who remained in control, subject to a brief period of occupation forces of King James I in 1431, through to abandonment in the 1600s whereafter the structure fell into ruin and was used as a quarry for its building stone.

Like many castle sites in Scotland, Knock is located in a natural ‘command and control’ position overlooking the Sound of Sleat ( waterway), which would have formed a marine highway before the advent of roads in relatively recent times. Land in the background is the remote Knoydart Peninsula.

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