Dunvegan Castle on the Isle of Skye and the McLeod clan

On your tour of the Isle of Skye , located northwest of Scotland , in the Highlands Highlands , you will have the opportunity to visit Dunvegan Castle , which has the reputation of being the oldest Scottish castle that has not stopped being inhabited .

Indeed, for 800 years Dunvegan Castle has been the home of the Scottish clan of the MacLeods .

Dunvegan Castle on the Isle of Skye
Dunvegan Castle on the Isle of Skye

But although the castle was built in the thirteenth century, the current structure of it dates back to the nineteenth century, because throughout its history has undergone several renovations.

The Dunvegan Castle will find the northwest of the island of Skye , and if you want to go straight to visit him from Portree , the main town of the island, you should take the road heading west.

The castle is located on a small hill on the very shores of the sea.

For compact architectural structure, the part that will call your attention is its tower of 32 meters high located right on the edge of the rocky promontory.

Visit Dunvegan Castle

In the Castle of Dunvegan several stays can be visited, except in which at the moment the members of the historical clan MacLeod continue living .

In the successive rooms of these castle rooms, you will see various relics of the history of Scotland , perhaps the most outstanding being the Fairy Flag.

Thus they are denominated the rest of a flag that supposes originally was of Silk, a relic of the history of Scotland of whose origin several theories exist, because it is related as much with the Crusades as with the Vikings .

Other antiques that can be seen in the castle are the badge of the MacLeod clan , which dates back to the 14th century, the Dunvegan Cup , from 1493, made of wood and decorated with silver, and the Sir Rory Mor’s Horn , a ox horn used to drink, which could be from the tenth century.

In the Dunvegan Castle you can also walk around the gardens that surround it and, also, from the same departures boat trips to see a colony of sea lions that is in the vicinity.

Castle Dunvegan schedule

The Castle of Dunvegan is open for the visit from 10 am to 5.30 pm, but only from Friday of Holy Week until October 15.

If you would like to visit it on other dates, it is only possible to pre-arrange the visit for groups of ten or more.

The price of admission to visit the castle and gardens (2018) is 4 pounds for adults, and only gardens, 12 pounds, with discounts for children, seniors, students and large families.

How to get to Dunvegan Castle

The Dunvegan Castle is located northwest of Scotland and the Isle of Skye, in the region of the Highlands .