Landscape view of Dunvegan Castle from Loch Dunvegan.

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This evening, I am posting information on Dunvegan Castle, one of the top visitor attractions on the Isle of Skye which in turn is one of Scotland’s top visitor sites, located off the N.W.coast.

Dunvegan Castle occupies a strategic, coastal position on the N.W. coast of Skye.

Main entrance to Dunvegan Castle, Isle of Skye, Scotland

The Castle has recently undergone an extensive restoration programme. Historical features of note include:

  • Ancestral home of the Chiefs of Clan MacLeod since 13th century.
  • Square keep (14th c) and Fairy Tower (16th c) suffered from remodelling in the 19th century.
  • Until 18th century only access was via a northern sea gate as seen in image above.
  • Interesting interior appropriate for an ancestral home dating back to the 1270s.
  • Due to depleted manpower, the MacLeods did not participate in the Jacobite uprisings of 1689 and 1715.

Garden Waterfall at Dunvegan Castle

Facilities at the Castle include:

  • An extensive and well maintained Highland garden complete with waterfall.
  • Restaurant.
  • Seal-watching trips on small boats.

Common Seals near Dunvegan Castle, Skye

Dunvegan Castle fits in nicely with a one-day (or longer) circular tour of the Isle of Skye.

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