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Duntulm Castle

Isle of Skye

Duntulm Castle is located 26 miles north of Portree on the Isle of Skye off the west coast of Scotland.

Duntulm apparently means the fort on the green grassy headland. Abandoned around 1730 by the MacDonalds, it now lies in ruins close to the sea. It is hoped that a community trust will be able to take over ownership of the castle and make it safer for visitors by consolidating the decaying walls. The project would cost up to half a million pounds and would also improve car parking facilities and the footpath. The site attracts some 40,000 visitors a year and local people are keen to maintain it as a tourist attraction which will be safer to visit than it is in its present condition.

It is said to be the home of piping and a memorial cairn commemorates this fact.
See photos by 'phouka'.
Close to Duntulm Castle Hotel.

Roger Miket's excellent historical book, The Mediaeval Castles of Skye and Lochalsh , with illustrations by the late David L. Roberts was re-issued in 2007. In addition to Duntulm castle, it also includes a detailed history of Eilean Donan Castle, Dunvegan Castle, Caisteal Maol, Caisteal Camus, Caisteal Uisdean, Dun Sgathaich, Brochel Castle (Raasay).

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