Dunvegan Castle

Any visit to the north part of Skye would be incomplete without savouring the wealth of history offered by Dunvegan Castle and Gardens. Dunvegan is the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Scotland and has been the ancestral home of the Chiefs of Clan MacLeod for 800 years. Visitors can enjoy a tour of the Castle and delight in the beauty of the Walled, Round and Water gardens, as well as the Woodland Walk. You could also enjoy a visit to the Museum of Island Life and experience how islanders once lived. Explore the old croft house, byre and the village smithy. Visit the local shop or the weaver’s house. See a vast array of crofting implements and Highland history. Situated by the monument of the Highland Heroine Flora MacDonald, whose story is told in the museum. Gin afficionados might choose to taste a sip or two at Isle of Skye distillers in Portree or if that doesn’t slake your thirst, a visit to the Isle of Skye brewery at Uig might do the trick. Speaking of Portree, a visit to the tourist office before leaving is advisable. It is well sign posted and staffed by helpfully well-informed locals. They equip visitors with maps and printable directions to attractions throughout the island. North of Portree on the road to Staffin is the Old Man of Storr. This is properly the most famous walk on the Island and definitely the busiest. The ‘Old Man’ is a large pinnacle of rock that stands high and can be seen for miles around. As part of the Trotternish ridge the Storr was created by a massive ancient landside, leaving one of the most photographed landscapes in the world.