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TITLE
Castle Drive Showing MacLeod Table in Rear, Dunvegan
EXTERNAL ID
HCD_CARD_101
PLACENAME
Dunvegan
DISTRICT
Skye
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Duirinish
PERIOD
1940s
SOURCE
Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre
ASSET ID
12917
KEYWORDS
landscapes
hills
mountains
Castle Drive Showing MacLeod Table in Rear, Dunvegan

This postcard shows two people enjoying a stroll by Loch Dunvegan with one of MacLeod's Tables creating a stunning background. The road, or Castle drive, runs from the coral beaches north of Dunvegan Castle, along the loch and past the Castle. Healabhal Mor, pictured, is the larger of the two hills known as MacLeod's Tables. These substantial flat topped mountains make a great contrast to the jagged, stark peaks of the Black Cuillin.

Their naming as tables, comes from the story of when the great 8th MacLeod Chief, Alasdair 'Crotach' attended a banquet in Edinburgh, and was challenged whether Skye could offer halls so spacious as these, a roof so lofty, a table so ample and richly laden, and candelabra so ornate. When the lowlander visited Skye, a banquet was held for him on the summit of Healabhal Mor with MacLeods on the perimeter carrying flaming torches. Alasdair Crotach was said to have remarked, 'Truly, sir, this is a roof grander than was ever made by human hands; this table, you must confess, is more commodious than any that can be show even in the royal court; while those faithful vassals of mine are more precious by far than any metallic contrivance, however costly and ornate it may be.'


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Castle Drive Showing MacLeod Table in Rear, Dunvegan

INVERNESS: Duirinish

1940s

landscapes; hills; mountains

Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre

Dualchas Postcards

This postcard shows two people enjoying a stroll by Loch Dunvegan with one of MacLeod's Tables creating a stunning background. The road, or Castle drive, runs from the coral beaches north of Dunvegan Castle, along the loch and past the Castle. Healabhal Mor, pictured, is the larger of the two hills known as MacLeod's Tables. These substantial flat topped mountains make a great contrast to the jagged, stark peaks of the Black Cuillin.<br /> <br /> Their naming as tables, comes from the story of when the great 8th MacLeod Chief, Alasdair 'Crotach' attended a banquet in Edinburgh, and was challenged whether Skye could offer halls so spacious as these, a roof so lofty, a table so ample and richly laden, and candelabra so ornate. When the lowlander visited Skye, a banquet was held for him on the summit of Healabhal Mor with MacLeods on the perimeter carrying flaming torches. Alasdair Crotach was said to have remarked, 'Truly, sir, this is a roof grander than was ever made by human hands; this table, you must confess, is more commodious than any that can be show even in the royal court; while those faithful vassals of mine are more precious by far than any metallic contrivance, however costly and ornate it may be.' <br /> <br /> <br /> This image may be available to purchase.<br /> For further information about purchasing and prices please email<br /> <a href= "mailto: skyeandlochalsh.archives@highlifehighland.com" >Skye and Lochalsh Archives</a><br />