Any visit to the Isle of Skye is incomplete without enjoying the wealth of
history on offer at Dunvegan Castle & Gardens, the ancestral home of the
Chiefs of Clan MacLeod for 800 years.
Originally designed as a fortress to keep people out, the castle was first
opened to visitors in 1933 and has become one of Skye’s most famous
award-winning 5* visitor attractions. On display are many fine oil paintings
and clan treasures, the most famous of which is the Fairy Flag. Legend has
it that this sacred Banner has magical powers and when unfurled in battle,
the clan MacLeod would snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. Another of
the castle’s great treasures is the Dunvegan Cup, a unique ‘mazer’ dating
back to the Middle Ages. It was gifted by the O’Neils of Ulster as a token
of thanks to one of the clan’s most celebrated Chiefs, Sir Rory Mor, for his
support of their cause against the marauding forces of Queen Elizabeth I of
England in 1596.
Today visitors can enjoy tours of an extraordinary castle and Highland
estate steeped in history and clan legend, delight in the beauty of its
formal gardens, take a clinker boat trip to see the seal colony, enjoy an
appetising meal at the MacLeod Tables Cafe or browse in one of its four
shops offering a wide choice to suit everyone.