Castles monuments in Isle of Skye
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Castles & Ancient Monuments in Isle of Skye

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MacLeod Estate (Dunvegan Castle), Dunvegan, Isle of Skye, IV55 8WF
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Any visit to the Isle of Skye is incomplete without savouring the wealth of history offered by Dunvegan Castle & Gardens. Built on a rocky outcrop, Dunvegan is the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Scotland and has been the ancestral home of the Chiefs of Clan MacLeod for 800 years. Today visitors can enjoy tours of an extraordinary castle and Highland estate steeped in history and clan legend. Delight in the beauty of its formal gardens, take a boat trip onto Loch Dunvegan to see the seal colony. Stay in one of its charming holiday cottages, enjoy an appetising meal at the MacLeod's Table Cafe or browse in one of its three shops which offer a wide choice. Over time, we have given a warm Highland welcome to visitors including Sir Walter Scott, Dr Johnson and Queen Elizabeth II and we look forward to welcoming you. Open daily 1 April - 15 October 10am - 5.30pm (last entry 5pm).
Tel: 01470 521206    Fax: 01470 521205
E-mail: info@dunvegancastle.com
Web: www.dunvegancastle.com
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Knock Castle

Broadford Road, Teangue, Armadale, Isle of Skye

Also known as Caisteal Chamuis (Castle Camus), Knock Castle is located just off the main Broadford road on the way to Armadale (easily visible from the road). Only ruins are left of this old MacDonald stronghold but it is said to be haunted by a 'Green Lady'. Some of the stone was removed in 1825 to build Knock Farm.

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Caisteal Maol

Kyleakin, Isle of Skye

Opposite Kyle of Lochalsh and the Skye toll bridge, Caisteal Maol sits on a small island just to the east of Kyleakin. The name of the village comes from 'kyle' - the narrow strait of water between Skye and the mainland - and 'akin' after the Norwegian King Haakon IV who sailed through here in 1263 on his way to defeat at the Battle of Largs which ultimately decided the ownership of the Hebrides. Near the main car park in Kyleakin, take the gravel path up to the cross on the hillock as it is a viewpoint where you will get some good photos. It is thought that a Norwegian princess started the first toll here - by stretching a chain across the strait and stopping boats getting through without paying. Known as Saucy Mary, she is reflected with her name in the village today! Tradition says that she built Caisteal Maol when she was married to one of the MacKinnon chiefs. It is known to have been built around 1490-1500 and was at one time called Dunakin (Hakon's fort). Bits of the castle collapsed in 1949 and 1989 but the remaining walls have now been secured to prevent further collapse.

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Duntulm Castle

26 miles north of Portree

Abandoned around 1730 by the MacDonald's, it now lies in ruins close to the sea. It is hoped that a community trust will be able to take over ownership of the castle and make it safer for visitors by consolidating the decaying walls. The project would cost up to half a million pounds and would also improve car parking facilities and the footpath. The site attracts some 40,000 visitors a year and local people are keen to maintain it as a tourist attraction which will be safer to visit than it is in its present condition. It is said to be the home of piping and a memorial cairn commemorates this fact. Duntulm apparently means the fort on the green grassy headland.

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