Skye Coast

April 22, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Coral Beach in Claigan, just north of Dunvegan. The beach is made from crushed white coral like seaweed.

The Coral Beach PanoramaThe Coral Beach Panorama

Ord, Sleat Peninsula.

The Castle of Dunscaith, or more correctly "Dun Sgathaich", i.e. the Dun of the Shadow, was the original seat of the MacDonalds in Skye, although not originally built by them.

Originally the castle belonged to the Clan MacDonald of Sleat a branch of the Clan Donald or MacDonald. At some time in the 14th century it was taken from them by the Clan MacLeod and held briefly by the MacAskills, allies of the MacLeods but it was recaptured by the MacDonalds sometime in the 15th century.

In the 15th century the castle was again captured by King James I of Scotland when the Chief of the Clan Donald, Lord of the Isles was broken by King James I. The MacDonalds were allowed to keep possession of the castle. The MacDonalds abandoned the castle in the early 17th century.


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