Dunvegan Castle

Tom Gomez

Joined January 2008

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Dunvegan Castle is located 22 miles west of Portree on the Isle of Skye, Scotland.

Dunvegan Castle is the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Scotland and has been the stronghold of the Chiefs of MacLeod for nearly 800 years. Built on a rock, it has survived clan battles, the extremes of feast and famine and the profound social, political and economic changes through which the Western Highlands and Islands have passed.

Inside there are family portraits galore with antique furniture, books, trophies and weapons. Showcases containing alsorts of medals and relics display such intriguing items as a lock of Bonnie Prince Charlie’s hair and a pin cushion embroidered by Flora MacDonald.

Also on display is the famous Fairy Flag, of which precious little now remains. Legend has it that this sacred banner, believed to date from the 7th century, will bring success to the chief or his clan if unfurled in an emergency. However, the charm will only work on three occasions and it has already been used twice to secure MacLeod victories in battle.

Sometimes referred to in Gaelic poetry and song as Eilean a’ Cheò (The Misty Isle), Skye is renown for its natural beauty, history and wildlife.

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Related shots can be found at: Skye and Highland Scotland.

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