The castle built in the 13 century on an elevated rock overlooking an inlet on the eastern shore of Loch Dunvegan, a sea loch, located 1 mile to the north of Dunvegan on the Isle of Skye, the ancestral home of the Chiefs of Clan MacLeod for 800 years, in the 19th century the whole castle was remodelled into a mock-medieval style.
For those who love castles, today visitors can enjoy tours of an award winning castle and Highland estate steeped in history and clan legend, delight in the beauty of its formal gardens and take a boat trip onto Loch Dunvegan to see the seal colony, so much of the clan's history and beliefs abounds around that fairy flag.
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The drive through Skye to get to the castle was simply beautiful past the Cuillin mountain range, there is good free parking on the other side of the road with its own little cafe and shop.
The gardens were beautiful, especially the water and walled gardens, the grounds are quite extensive with lots of plants having tags, this is a great place to visit, inside are a set of formal rooms and further on the North Room has Jacobite relics from Flora McDonald and the Fairy flag, be sure to visit Dunvegan Castle and read up on the beliefs and superstitions of the 'fairy flag' before you go.