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Dunvegan Castle

Dunvegan Castle
©2018 Gazetteer for Scotland

Dunvegan Castle

Located 22 miles (33 km) west of Portree on the eastern shore of Loch Dunvegan to the northwest of the island of Skye in Highland Council, Dunvegan Castle is the ancestral home of the Clan MacLeod. Claimed to be the oldest inhabited castle in Scotland, parts of this castle date back to the 9th century, though additions and renovations have been done in each subsequent century. The castle houses many Clan MacLeod artefacts including portraits, paintings, furniture, books, weapons and trophies. The most famous of the artefacts is the Fairy Flag, a sacred banner that legend states will bring success to the clan chief who unfurls it in times of need.

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