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Dunvegan, Scotland Cruise Port

The western side of the Isle of Skye is home to the small coastal town of Dunvegan, best known for its picturesque castle overlooking Loch Dunvegan. Get a feel for the culture and customs of the western Highlands with a tour of the family history of Clan MacLeod, or take a stroll around the shops and restaurants in town to experience life on this beautiful Scottish island.

Sightseeing in Dunvegan

Most visitors come to Dunvegan in search of the historic castle of the same name, although you may also have the chance to take a boat tour out onto the loch for a closer look at the local wildlife – or journey further out into the bay to spend some time in peaceful seclusion on the islands of Isay, Mingay and Clett.

Dunvegan Castle

Overlooking the loch and surrounded by the beautiful hills of western Skye, the square castle of Dunvegan has stood as the home of the MacLeod clan since the 1200s. The castle's current architecture is relatively new, dating from the mid nineteenth century, but once inside you'll find that the long heritage of the MacLeod clan is still celebrated and revered – and every four years, MacLeods gather here from all over the world to join in the clan parliament. Outside the castle walls you'll be able to stroll by beautiful gardens, or enjoy fantastic views of the loch and the surrounding hills from the rocky outcrop where the castle stands.

Loch trip

After a trip around the castle, why not step aboard a small boat for a journey around the loch itself? Here you might have the chance to see the local seals swimming or resting on the rocks; along with numerous species of birds native to the Highlands like terns, herons and even the white-tailed sea eagle – a dramatic sight if you get the chance to see one diving for fish against Skye's rugged backdrop.

Isay, Mingay and Clett

Just a few miles out into the loch lies the small island of Isay, with the islets of Mingay and Clett off its northern side. These rocky, rugged islands were once owned by a Viking warlord, and were later the scene of a bloody clan feud. By the nineteenth century, Isay was home to several cottages and a shop, although the changing times saw the tiny population of the islands move away. Today, the islands are populated solely by sheep and sea birds – giving visitors a beautiful, completely secluded spot to enjoy their time in the Scottish wilds.

Shopping in Dunvegan

Visitors around Dunvegan will find a small selection of shops where they could well come across tartans, woollens and buttery shortbread – but you can also take home some unique celtic silver jewellery, designed and made locally for the perfect souvenir of your time on the island.

Eating Out in Dunvegan

A trip to old Scotland calls for a taste of old Scotland, and though you'll only find a small choice of restaurants around Dunvegan they offer a wealth of hearty dishes to create a truly memorable experience of Skye. Tuck into pheasant, duck or haggis in one of the local eateries by the bay, or try the fresh salmon, langoustine or locally caught mussels with a glass of ale or whiskey made in the region.

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