Visit Dunvegan and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Dunvegan, Isle of Skye, is a village with a castle of the same name on the Island of Skye in the Inner Hebrides. It stands at the head of the loch on the Bay of Dunvegan at the North West of the islands. The village is small and picturesque, the bay full of islands. The Castle, the seat of the Macleod chiefs, is world-famous. Parts of it are reputed to date from the 9th century. The massive four square towered pile indubitably shows signs of building from the 15th to the 19th centuries. Though some Scottish castles now inhabited are said to be older than Dunvegan, it is the oldest castle in private hands to have been in continuous occupation by the same family.
The interior of this formidable fortification now presents a cheerfully modern, inhabited air that only throws into relief the outward and visible signs of its great past. It is moated; its walls by the tower are 10 ft thick; it has a dungeon of the 15th century and many human relics of past Macleod achievements in battle and in hospitality. Amongst these are Rory Mor's two-handed sword, the “fairy flag” believed to have been captured from the Saracens during a Crusade. Rory Mor (the twelfth chief) also possessed a drinking-horn that held the equivalent of two modern bottles of claret; this he could drain at one draught. Other signs of past Macleod hospitality are to be seen in letters from Dr Samuel Johnson and from Sir Walter Scott. Dunvegan Castle is still the venerated centre of the Macleod clan wherever it may be dispersed over the world.
About 8 miles North West of the Castle stands a memorial cairn to the MacCrimmons, the hereditary pipers to the Macleod chiefs and the founders and sustainers of the greatest school of piping the Highlands and Islands of Scotland have ever known.
Nearby towns: Broadford, Kyleakin, Portree
Nearby villages: Carbost, Colbost, Edinbane, Geary, Struan, Trumpan
Have you decided to visit Dunvegan or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Dunvegan bed and breakfast (a Dunvegan B&B or Dunvegan b and b)
- a Dunvegan guesthouse
- a Dunvegan hotel (or motel)
- a Dunvegan self-catering establishment, or
- other Dunvegan accommodation