Duntulm Castle

Skye, Scotland.  Day 11, 9th July.

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Looking south from the Kilt Rock viewpoint, on the western coast of the Trotternish Peninsula.

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Duntulm Castle through the fog.  It is near the northern tip of the Trotternish Peninsula on Skye.

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There was a sign on a gate discouraging access to the castle and the pedestrian gate next to it was locked.  A pair of young women turned away on seeing this, everyone else climbed the fence.  There seemed to be no cause for concern though a large chunk of masonry did fall away in 1990.

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A section of the castle and Tulm Island.  Originally a MacLeod residence, the castle was taken over by the MacDonalds in 1539.  Previously it had been a Norse stronghold and there is a strong possibility of an iron age fort underneath.  A great ball was held here in 1715, for those setting out on the Jacobite rebellion.  The castle was abandoned around 1732 and much of the stone plundered for a replacement MacDonald residence five miles to the south.

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From the castle, this looks north to a small peninsula filled with lazy beds.  You can just see the rectangular outlines of some of them.  I could have increased contrast to make them more visible but this is how it looked at the time.  These would have been common lands at the time and this agricultural method is no longer in use.

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A view of Tulm Island through the hole in the wall (probably an old window).

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Looking back at the castle in the fog.

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Not far from the castle, this is a souterrain, an underground storage tunnel probably for storing dairy products.  It would date from between 300BC and 300AD.  There would have been an iron age farmhouse beside it at the time.

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