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TITLE
Duntulm Castle, Isle of Skye
EXTERNAL ID
HCD_CARD_156
PLACENAME
Duntulm
DISTRICT
Skye
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Kilmuir
PERIOD
1980s
SOURCE
Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre
ASSET ID
12949
KEYWORDS
landscapes
coasts
castles
agriculture
crofting
Macleod
Macdonald
Duntulm Castle, Isle of Skye

This photograph shows a lovely summer scene at Duntulm Bay, with Tulm Island prominent in the centre, and the smaller islands, Sgeir nan Ruideag, An t-Iasgair and An Dubh Sgeir, in the distance. To the left are the remains of Duntulm Castle. Situated high on the promontory, with sheer cliffs to the sea on three sides, it was an almost impregnable site. The area has changed hands many times over the centuries with early Viking leaders taking command of the coastline. Later battles between the MacLeods and MacDonalds left the MacDonalds in charge, using Duntulm Castle as a residence until 1730.

On the right is the privately owned Duntulm Castle Hotel, originally a hunting lodge constructed in the 1860s, but like many other large properties, now an hotel. In the far distance the hills of Harris in the Western Isles appear tantalisingly close across the Minch.

The ordered fields show that agriculture is still a mainstay of the lifestyle, with neat haystacks and cultivated fields. Port Duntulm beneath the castle ruins provides shelter for small boats which could be tucked under the embankment out of winds that sweep down over the fields. In past years, when sea travel was common, birlinns and other sea-going vessels were pulled up on the shore, and their keel marks are still visible in the rocks.


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Duntulm Castle, Isle of Skye

INVERNESS: Kilmuir

1980s

landscapes; coasts; castles; agriculture; crofting; Macleod; Macdonald

Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre

Dualchas Postcards

This photograph shows a lovely summer scene at Duntulm Bay, with Tulm Island prominent in the centre, and the smaller islands, Sgeir nan Ruideag, An t-Iasgair and An Dubh Sgeir, in the distance. To the left are the remains of Duntulm Castle. Situated high on the promontory, with sheer cliffs to the sea on three sides, it was an almost impregnable site. The area has changed hands many times over the centuries with early Viking leaders taking command of the coastline. Later battles between the MacLeods and MacDonalds left the MacDonalds in charge, using Duntulm Castle as a residence until 1730. <br /> <br /> On the right is the privately owned Duntulm Castle Hotel, originally a hunting lodge constructed in the 1860s, but like many other large properties, now an hotel. In the far distance the hills of Harris in the Western Isles appear tantalisingly close across the Minch.<br /> <br /> The ordered fields show that agriculture is still a mainstay of the lifestyle, with neat haystacks and cultivated fields. Port Duntulm beneath the castle ruins provides shelter for small boats which could be tucked under the embankment out of winds that sweep down over the fields. In past years, when sea travel was common, birlinns and other sea-going vessels were pulled up on the shore, and their keel marks are still visible in the rocks. <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>