Dunvegan - Beinn Bhreac Monument

Sights and attractions in Skye

Photo By Peter Watts

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The hill behind Dunvegan is quite steep, but the view from the top is well worth the effort. It should take about 10 min to walk up this hill if taken fairly slowly. Most people have no idea what the surroundings look like from up here.

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Panorama overlooking Dunvegan and Loch Dunvegan on the Isle of Skye in Scotland.

Dunvegan is on the western side of Skye. Dunvegan is most famous for Dunvegan Castle which is found a little north of the town on the eastern shore of Loch Dunvegan. This castle was built in about 1200, and has remained in the possession of the same family ever since. The home and clan seat of the MacLeod, Dunvegan Castle is a contender for the residence in continual possession of the same family, the current Chief of the Clan MacLeod still in residence and welcoming visitors. Dunvegan Castle and it's extensive gardens is one of the most popular tourist attractions on Skye.

The rest of Dunvegan has benefited from the popularity of Dunvegan castle, with a number of hotels and Bed and Breakfast (B&B) places springing up to serve the tourists who arrive. One of the cottages on the high street of Dunvegan was the residence of the 'Giant of MacAskill', who was 7'9" tall and lived here from 1825 to 1863. The cottage has now been turned into a museum.

In this panoramic photograph the two flat topped hills, called MacLeod's Tables, can be seen on the opposite side of Loch Dunvegan. The Northern MacLeod Table (Helabhal Mhor, 469m) is actually lower than the MacLeod's Table South (Helabhal Bheag, 488m).

Dunvegan used to be a significant port. In the late 19C many steamers would arrive here from the Western Isles. Today the harbour is used by yachtsmen. The area is also well known for the seals that live in Loch Dunvegan, and boats regularly take tourists out to watch and photograph the seals.


From Portree take the A87 for 5 miles and then the A850. This road passes along Loch Snizort Beag and Loch Greshornish before arriving in Dunvegan.

From Broadford, take the A87 north for 18 miles. At the junction at Loch Sligachan and Glen Sligachan, take the A863 west down Glen Dynoch for 6 miles. This road then heads north along Loch Harport and up the coast for another 17 miles to Dunvegan.

Once in Dunvegan, climb up the hill behind the town.

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