Duntulm Castle is situated on the far
northwest coast of the Isle of Skye, 23
miles northwest of Portree, 9 miles north of
The Skye Museum of Island
Life is 2 miles south of the Castle.
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Attractions and Mountains.
The image top is of Duntulm Castle from the
main road. The area up around the northwest
coast, along the north, and down the northeast
coast, is one of the most scenic areas of
The Castle is unstable so you are not
supposed to enter, but the views from around
the Castle are amazing.
Duntulm Castle was built in the 1300s for
Clan MacLeod, then taken over by Clan MacDonald
in the 1600s.
Duntulm Castle History
800s - Vikings took control of Skye and
other Scottish Islands.
1100s - Scots Kings forced the Vikings out
of the Islands by using Scots Clans. Clan
MacDonald, Clan Macleod and others were then
used to keep control of the Western Isles for
1200s - Clan MacLeod took control of
Dunvegan in the northwest of Skye with the
earliest parts of Dunvegan
Castle built at that time.
1200s - Clan Donald becomes the prominent
Clan in the Western Isles of Scotland,
descendants of Vikings, claiming to be Kings of
1300s - the MacLeod's built Duntulm Castle,
37 miles north of their Dunvegan Castle.
1400s - factions of Clan MacDonald took up
residence on the Isle of Skye, controlling the
southeast area of Skye.
Clan MacLeod and Clan MacDonald had many
feuds over Castles and Land. Marriage was used
once to try and unite the two Clans but failed.
The Government forced peace between the two
Clans from the 1600s.
1600s - Clan MacDonald took control of
Duntulm Castle and that area known as the
1730s - the MacDonald's abandoned Duntulm
Castle, said to be after a Maid accidentally
dropped one of their children from a window
onto the rocks below. The Maid was said to have
been killed, possibly by being set adrift on a
small boat into the North Atlantic. Her ghost
now haunts the Castle?
1732 - the MacDonald's of Duntulm begin
building Monkstadt House
6 miles south of Duntulm Castle. Some of the
stonework from the Castle was used to build the
1739 - MacLeod's and Macdonald's of Skye
were accused of kidnapping 96 of their own
people, men, women and children, in an attempt
to sell them as slaves in America. The vessel
carrying the people was wrecked off the coast
of Northern Ireland, all passengers
1746 - Clan MacLeod and Clan Donald of Skye
supported the Government in the 45 Jacobite
Rebellion. Many other Clan MacLeod and
MacDonald, from other areas, fought and died
with the Jacobite's at the Battle of
Many Clans on the Jacobite side in the 1745
rebellion had their homes destroyed, cattle
taken, and forced to move south to cities or
Clans supporting the Government, would
retain their Castles, Land, and Titles.
1746 - Bonnie Prince Charlie hid at
Monkstadt House before traveling to safety in
France. Charlie had dressed as an Irish Maid
using the name Betty Burke to help evade
1798 - the MacDonald's move from Monkstadt
House to their new Armadale
Castle on the southeast side on Skye.
1855 - Major William Fraser bought Kilmuir
Estate from the MacDonald's. Fraser was
involved in the Highland Clearances, forcing
Crofters off their land so as to make way for
large scale sheep farming, also to reduce the
population, making uprisings less likely.
Crofters rebelled against Fraser with some
refusing move or pay rent, leading to Fraser
calling in Police and Soldiers.
Although the Crofters won their dispute with
Fraser, they soon realized making a good living
from Crofting was getting tougher each year. By
the mid 1900s, most Crofters had left the area.
Their descendants can be found throughout the
UK, America, Canada, and Australia.
1990 - a large part of Duntulm Castle
collapsed into the sea.
2015 - 70cm / 28in four leg plant-eating
footprints were found on the shore by Duntulm
Castle, an extremely rare find of these largest
Today- the Castle ruin is a popular place to
stop when driving around the scenic north coast