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TITLE
Dunvegan Castle, Skye
EXTERNAL ID
PC_JMSTRACHAN_014_AT
PLACENAME
Dunvegan
DISTRICT
Skye
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Duirinish
DATE OF IMAGE
2009
PERIOD
2000s
CREATOR
Andrew Taylor
SOURCE
Andrew Taylor
ASSET ID
28871
KEYWORDS
castles
clans
buildings
Dunvegan Castle, Skye

The name Dunvegan means 'little fort' from the Gaelic Dùn Bheagain. Dunvegan Castle is situated about a mile north of the village of Dunvegan and 22 miles west of Portree, on the island of Skye.

The castle dates from around 1200, with improvements being added in almost every century since, and is the ancestral home of the chiefs of the Macleods of Skye. It is the oldest residence in Britain that has been occupied continuously by the same family.

Originally, the only entrance to the castle was through a sea-gate and up a dark stairway. This meant the castle was well defended. On three sides it was bounded by steep cliffs into the loch and there was a large ditch on the only landward side. A bridge was built across the ditch in 1748.

Dunvegan Castle is also home to the Fairy Flag (Am Bratach Sìth). Tradition has it that the flag was gifted to one of the clan chiefs by his fairy wife when she returned to her own people. It is said to have the power to save the clan from destruction three times if unfurled in times of dire need. It has worked twice at the battle of Glendale and the battle of Trumpan.

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Dunvegan Castle, Skye

INVERNESS: Duirinish

2000s

castles; clans; buildings

Andrew Taylor

The name Dunvegan means 'little fort' from the Gaelic Dùn Bheagain. Dunvegan Castle is situated about a mile north of the village of Dunvegan and 22 miles west of Portree, on the island of Skye.<br /> <br /> The castle dates from around 1200, with improvements being added in almost every century since, and is the ancestral home of the chiefs of the Macleods of Skye. It is the oldest residence in Britain that has been occupied continuously by the same family.<br /> <br /> Originally, the only entrance to the castle was through a sea-gate and up a dark stairway. This meant the castle was well defended. On three sides it was bounded by steep cliffs into the loch and there was a large ditch on the only landward side. A bridge was built across the ditch in 1748.<br /> <br /> Dunvegan Castle is also home to the Fairy Flag (Am Bratach Sìth). Tradition has it that the flag was gifted to one of the clan chiefs by his fairy wife when she returned to her own people. It is said to have the power to save the clan from destruction three times if unfurled in times of dire need. It has worked twice at the battle of Glendale and the battle of Trumpan.