NG 247-491 Inverness-shire Scotland
Dunvegan Castle was originally a mid 13th century stone enclosure fortress, founded by the Chiefs of Clan MacLeod. Standing on the summit of a basalt promontory and defended on the landward approach by a deep ditch, this early Norse site was encased by a curtain wall with an arched sea-gate. In the late 14th century a four storey rectanglar tower house, flanked the north-east angle of the wall and Alasdair Crotach added the early 16th century 'Fairy Tower' to the south-east angle. Inbetween is Ruairidh Mor, two storey range of 1623 and the south-west wing was built in the late 17th century. The castle was extensively restored and given modern crenellations and ornamental turrets, in the 19th century. 25 miles north-east is Duntulm Castle.
Dunvegan Castle is located on the Isle of Skye, north of Dunvegan off the A850. 21 miles west of Portree, on the B885-A663.
The site is owned by the Chief of Clan MacLeod and is open daily, April to mid October 10:00-5:30pm, Monday to Friday mid October to March, for groups by appointment, check website for details.
There is a car park.