Into the Land of the Clan MacLeod

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Lonely boat anchored in Loch Dunvegan. Clouds shroud the tops of MacLeod's tables (Healabhal Mhor and Healabhal Beag) in the background.
After the rest stop at the Skye Museum of Island Life, we drove south towards the town of Uig where we jumped onto the A87 and then B8036 away from the Trotternish Peninsula. We then headed westward via A850. I don't remember much about the rest of the driving route because I was drifting in and out of sleep to the sound of intermittent raindrops pelting the windows and wind shield.

I happened to wake up just before Alex stopped the coach for a brief photo op of Dunvegan Castle. The rain had cease, for now, and the skies were still gloomy but the loch was still and peaceful.

We then drove onto the grounds of Dunvegan Castle and were let out of the mini coach to explore. Mar and I headed straight to the castle which fortunately for us was open (on a holiday weekend even!) for a self-guided tour.
Castle entrance
I think the entrance fee was 6 pounds but at least we would be out of the rain . We wandered through the many rooms of the castle which was decorated with antique furniture, paintings, photographs, weapons, and home decorations. We were not allowed to take photos of the interior but Mar and I managed to sneak a few especially with a creepy narrow stairway leading to the prison cell. I didn't know it then but the castle is supposedly haunted by a ghost. If I knew that it was haunted, I probably would not have gone inside because I am HUGE scaredy-cat!

We weren't in the castle for too long because we wanted to see the rest of the grounds as well as grab a snack. We were enjoying the exterior of the castle when the rain started to pick up so Mar and I quit our castle exploration and headed to the MacLeod Tables Cafe. After enjoying a quick hot meal we got back on the mini coach and headed still westward to our next destination.
 

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Lonely boat anchored in Loch Dunve…
Lonely boat anchored in Loch Dunv…
Castle entrance
Castle entrance
Narrow stairway into the Dunvegan …
Narrow stairway into the Dunvegan…
Looking south from the road to Cla…
Looking south from the road to Cl…
Closing my eyes AGAIN!
Closing my eyes AGAIN!
The Pipers Gallery and the Eastern…
The Pipers Gallery and the Easter…
Should I say cheese or haggis?
Should I say "cheese" or "haggis"?
Dunvegan Castle Gardens
Dunvegan Castle Gardens
View of the southern side (Fairy T…
View of the southern side (Fairy …
Looking northwest from the road to…
Looking northwest from the road t…
A nearby stream
A nearby stream
Foliage covered walkway somewhere …
Foliage covered walkway somewhere…
The view north from the road to Cl…
The view north from the road to C…
Me with the North wing behind me
Me with the North wing behind me
Mar and the North wing
Mar and the North wing
Old photo of Scots
Old photo of Scots
Mar in the narrow stairway into th…
Mar in the narrow stairway into t…
Old exterior map of the castle
Old exterior map of the castle
Highland sheep roaming the shores …
Highland sheep roaming the shores…
Dunvegan Restaurants, Cafes & Food review
Self-Service on the Castle Grounds
MacLeod Tables Cafe is situated near Dunvegan Castle adjacent to the castle parking lot. MacLeod Tables is cafeteria style were you follow the que… read entire review
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photo by: highlandmist