Duntulm Castle, Isle of Skye, Scotland

This evening, I am posting information on Duntulm Castle on the Isle of Skye which is located off Scotland’s west coast.

Duntulm Castle occupies a defensive position benefiting from sheer cliffs on three sides. Location is the northern tip of Skye, in the Trotternish region, about 24 miles from the island capital of Portree.

The term ‘Dun’ means fort or defended settlement and the site may have a history dating back to the Iron-Age and then the Norse. Subsequently, the castle was controlled by the MacLeods of Skye who hosted a visit by King James V (of Scotland) in 1540. By the early 1600s the MacDonalds of Sleat were in control and made substantial improvements to the structure. The site was abandoned by the 1730s.

Today, the site is deemed too dangerous for close up inspection.

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