Dunvegan Castle & Gardens - castle NW Skye

Postcode / Grid / GPS: NG 246 491

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Built on a rocky outcrop on the shores of Loch Dunvegan, Dunvegan is the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Scotland and has been the ancestral home of the Chiefs of Clan MacLeod for 800 years.

Originally built as 13th century stronghold, building has continued through the centuries. A tower was added in the 14th century, the ‘Fairy Tower’ in 1500, a new hall in 1623 and in 1748 the Sea-Gate was replaced by a landward entrance.

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,
Amongst its treasures is the famous Fairy Flag, a gift to one of the early Chiefs of MacLeod by his fairy wife. The flag can be used three times to help the MacLeod clan, it has already been used twice, once at the Battle of Glendale in 1490, the second time at the Battle of the Spoiling of the Dyke in 1578.

The Castle Gardens are a treat to visit at all times of the year, the walled garden offers protection from all weathers.

Note: you will be charged for entry to the castle and/or gardens.