I’m conscious that the write up of this particular trip seems to be taking forever, I hope you’re not too bored!
We spent a morning at Dunvegan Castle, this is the seat of the Chief of the Clan Macdonald. It’s over 800 years old and is the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Scotland. We were able to take the dogs into the grounds so we spent a couple of hours walking round and enjoying all the different gardens. There were only a few rooms of the Castle open and there was a mish mash of artefacts relating to the family and the Clan on display, including Bonnie Prince Charlie’s waistcoat and Flora Macdonald’s corset (these two folks kept cropping up). It all had rather a sad air of decay which wasn’t helped by the strong smell of mould in one of the wings.
On the way back we stopped off to climb up a small hill to a standing stone. This is the Duirinish Stone which was raised by hand to mark the Millennium on 24th June 2000. It is 5m tall and weighs 5 tonnes so that was no mean feat, especially as it was quite a steep slope up to the top. It’s actually a column of rock taken from a beach in south Skye.
There was a notice board at the bottom which showed the community coming together to erect the stone – This is a photo of part of it, it had seen better times, so apologies for the quality.
I have no idea what the palm trees things were, they certainly weren’t there when we visited! There was a wonderful view from the top. The stone is sunk into concrete, you could see the rings they’d used to hold the ropes set in there too. It makes you realise just what a job our ancestors would have had back in the day.