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DUN BEAG

Dun Beag (the small fort) is the best known, best preserved and most accessible broch on Skye. Brochs are unique to Scotland - they were probably defensive homes, though no one is sure, and were built about 2-2,500 years ago. Dun Beag is situated just north of Struan, to the east of the road - there is a small car park and you will need stout footwear and lungs for the sort walk uphill to look at it. The distinctive double walls are more or less intact to about 6 feet - originally it would have stood about 30-40 feet high. The views are wonderful. The rubble of Dun Mor (the big fort) is less than 1/2 mile further on - take a map.

Post code for Dun Beag is very approximate - look for signs.

Region:
Location/Address: Nr Struan
Isle of Skye
County: Highland
Post Code: IV56 8FG
Main Historic Period: Prehistory
Tip/Nearby: Dunvegan Castle
Primary Management: Historic Scotland
Dun da Lamh

Dun da Lamh (pronounced ‘doon da larve’) is a prehistoric, believed to be early Pictish, hilltop fort near Laggan in the Highlands.  It sits on Black Craig, 1484 feet above sea level and 600 feet above the land below, overlooking the River Spey to the north.  The fort is approximately 360 feet (110 metres) long by about 98-246 feet (30 and 75 metres) wide.  Inside are shelters, believed to have been constructed by the Home Guard during WW2.

The fort’s sole defence is a stone wall, which has been cleared in places.  It is constructed of fine quality stone slabs resembling bricks totalling an estimated 5000 tons which are not from the local valley. It has been skilfully made.  The fort is so steep on three sides as to be impregnable and is only approachable from the west where the walls are over 20 feet thick.  Dun da Lamh means ‘fort of the two hands’.  The plaque on the site asks was it a frontier fortress of a great Pictish nation guarding the farmlands to the north and east; or was it something else?

Dun da Lamh can only be reached by foot and it is a strenuous walk for which you should dress appropriately and allow a couple of hours each way, depending on conditions and fitness.  There are a variety of starting points, including a way-marked route from Laggan Wolftrax (as per postcode).  Others suggest starting from the car park opposite the Pattack Falls Forestry Commission Car Park off the A86.

Region:
Location/Address: Laggan Wolftrax
County: Highland
Post Code: PH20 1BU
Main Historic Period: Prehistory
Useful Website Address: Details from the Forestry Commission
Tip/Nearby: Nothing but wide open spaces...
Primary Management: Forestry Commission
DUNNOTTAR CASTLE

The evocative ruins of Dunnottar Castle occupy a large, rocky, headland jutting into the North Sea, accessed by a narrow strip from the mainland. Though the current ruins date largely from the 15th and 16th centuries, its history goes back to the early medieval period, at least. Dunnottar was attacked by the Vikings, captured from the English by William Wallace, was famously where the Honours of Scotland (the Scottish Crown Jewels) were hidden from Oliver Cromwell's forces, and played its part in the Jacobite Rebellions of the 18th century.

NOTE: The castle can be closed to visitors in bad weather - essential that you check their website before visiting. There is also limited car parking - the castle is not in Stonehaven itself - it's about a 20 minute walk along the coast.

Region:
Location/Address: Stonehaven
County: Aberdeenshire
Post Code: AB39 2TL
Main Historic Period: Tudor
Useful Website Address: Dunnottar Castle's website
Primary Management: Private - open to the public
DUNROBIN CASTLE

Dunrobin is the largest great house in the northern Highlands and has been home to the Earls and Dukes of Sutherland for more than 700 years. Though dating from the 13th century, the present house is largely Victorian, built in Scottish baronial style with a nod to a French chateau. It has been used as a hospital and school, but is still the Sutherland family and clan home. There are also extensive gardens and grounds.

Region:
Location/Address: Golspie
County: Sutherland
Post Code: KW10 6SF
Main Historic Period: Victorian
Useful Website Address: Dunrobin Castle website
Tip/Nearby: Dornoch Cathedral
Primary Management: Private - open to the public
DUNTULM CASTLE

Duntulm Castle, once a fortress of the MacDonalds, is an unstable ruin on a dramatic rocky location at the northern end of Trotternish, with views across the Minch to the distant Isle of Lewis. There was possibly an Iron Age fort on the site, it subsequently being fortified by Norsemen, then the MacLeods, whose rivals, the MacDonalds, were in control of by the early 17th century. Duntulm was abandoned in the 18th century. Nearby is a cairn, commemorating the MacArthurs, pipers to the MacDonalds.

Duntulm is accessible with care via a footpath off the A855. Post code is very approximate.

Region:
Location/Address: Duntulm
By Portree
Isle of Skye
County: Highland
Post Code: IV51 9UF
Main Historic Period: Medieval
Tip/Nearby: Skye Museum of Island Life
Primary Management: Unknown
DUNVEGAN CASTLE

Dunvegan Castle occupies a rocky promontory in the north-west of the Isle of Skye, surrounded by stunning scenery. It has been the home of the chiefs of Clan MacLeod for 800 years and is packed full of history and legend. Among the heirlooms kept at the castle are the Dunvegan Cup, the mysterious Fairy Flag and Sir Rory Mor's Horn. There are also reasonably extensive gardens.

Region:
Location/Address: Dunvegan
Isle of Skye
County: Highland
Post Code: IV55 8WF
Main Historic Period: Victorian
Useful Website Address: Dunvegan Castle website
Tip/Nearby: Dun Baeg
Primary Management: Private - open to the public
EDINBURGH CASTLE

Perched on castle rock above the old town, Edinburgh Castle is one of Scotland's iconic images and a must-see if you're visiting the city. Your problem will be time - the place is huge and there is a lot to see and take in. The castle was at the centre of the wars with the English and, as well as being a fortress has been a prison, Royal Palace and garrison. It was the birthplace of James VI who, as James I of England, became the first monarch of both countries in 1603.

Castle Rock was used in the Iron Age, but there is no evidence of a stronghold until the 7th century. The oldest building there now (and in Edinburgh) is the 12th century chapel dedicated to St Margaret, built by her son, David I, in his mother's memory. The Castle also includes several museums - for example the National War Museum and various regimental museums. Not to be missed - the Honours (Crown Jewels) of Scotland.

Region:
Location/Address: Castle Hill
Edinburgh
County: Lothian
Post Code: EH1 2NG
Main Historic Period: Victorian
Link to featured article: Formidable Edinburgh Castle
Tip/Nearby: St Giles' Cathedral, Palace of Holyrood
Primary Management: Historic Scotland
EDINBURGH FESTIVAL FRINGE

Edinburgh Festival Fringe is one of several festivals held in the City, and the largest. It is an open access event that takes place every August alongside the Edinburgh International Festival and includes comedy, theatre, cabaret, children's shows, circus - pretty much anything - and ANYONE can take part. Edinburgh Festival Fringe began in 1947 when eight groups arrived in Edinburgh hoping to perform at the newly formed Edinburgh International Festival but were refused entry. They went ahead and performed on the fringe of the Festival anyway. The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is now the largest arts festival in the world.

Beyond the Fringe (as it were), Edinburgh is immensly buzzy during this festival, with street performers on almost every corner.

Region:
Location/Address: 180 High Street
Edinburgh
County: Lothian
Post Code: EH1 1QS
Main Historic Period: N/A
Useful Website Address: Website of Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Tip/Nearby: Also see Edinburgh International Festival and the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo
Primary Management: Other
EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL

The Edinburgh International Festival is one of several festivals that take place in the City. Beginning in 1947, it aims to offer the best in the performing arts - theatre, music, opera, dance, film etc - from around the world, as well as talks and workshops.

Region:
Location/Address: The Hub
348-350 Castlehill
Edinburgh
County: Lothian
Post Code: EH1 2NE
Main Historic Period: N/A
Tip/Nearby: Also see Edinburgh Festival Fringe and Royal Military Tattoo
Primary Management: Other
EILEAN DONAN CASTLE

Eilean Donan simply means 'Donan's Island' - Donan was a Celtic saint who is said to have built a church there. The castle was built in the 13th century and was the stronghold of the Mackenzie clan and their Macrae allies. The Mackenzies were Jacobites and the castle was destroyed by a force of three government ships in the 18th century. What we see now is a romantic 20th century reconstruction. Eilean Donan Castle is one of the most photographed castles in Britain.

Region:
Location/Address: Dornie
by Kyle of Lochalsh
County: Ross and Cromarty
Post Code: IV40 8DX
Main Historic Period: Modern
Link to featured article: Is Eilean Donan Castle a fake?
Useful Website Address: Eilean Donan Castle's website
Tip/Nearby: Isle of Skye
Primary Management: Private - open to the public
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