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Travel: The ruins of Duntulm Castle on Trotternish

I visited Duntulm on the northerly most point of the Trotternish peninsula on the Isle of Skye back in 2010.

Many many moons ago, perhaps several thousand years ago, the now mostly ravaged and ruined castle was originally a Pictish fortress, forming one of a chain of duns or forts stretching along the north coast of the Isle of Skye on Trotternish.

Travel: Duntulm's ruins
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Then the Norsemen came from Scandanavia and took up residence in the castle and gave it the name David’s Fort.

Nowadays Trotternish and Duntulm is home to a lot of grazing highland cows as well as one overpriced hotel and a smattering of accomodation options. At this wind-swept point on Trotternish it’s possible to see as far as Uist.

The ruins of Duntulm castle as it is today
The ruins of Duntulm castle as it is today

The chequered history of Duntulm castle has it being seized and overthrown by subsequent clans. In the 16th Century Duntulm was seized by Donall Gorm also known as Blue Donald, a chief of Clan MacDonald who did some DIY on the fort. A century or so later the fort was abandoned and has since fallen into ruin.

The changing light of the sky, land and water was truly captivating here.

A placid and beautiful Highland Cow, found roaming on the Isle of Skye. Copyright Content Catnip 2010.
A placid and beautiful Highland Cow, found roaming on the Isle of Skye. Copyright Content Catnip 2010.

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