The Info List - Dunvegan

(Scottish Gaelic: Dùn Bheagain) is a small town on the Isle of Skye
in Scotland. It is famous for Dunvegan
Castle, seat of the chief of Clan MacLeod. It is also the hometown of Celtic fusion band Peatbog Faeries. Dunvegan
is within the parish of Duirinish.[1]


1 Name 2 Geography 3 Demography 4 Economy 5 References 6 External links

Name[edit] In The Norse Influence on Gaelic Scotland
(1910), George Henderson suggests that the name Dùn Bheagain derives from Old Gaelic Dùn Bheccáin ([the] fort of Beccán), Beccán being a Gaelic personal name. Dùn Bheagain would not mean 'little fort' as this would be Dùn Beag in Gaelic. Geography[edit]


sits on the shores of the large Loch Dunvegan, and the Old School Restaurant in the village is noted for its fish, caught freshly from the loch itself. Dunvegan
is situated at the junction of the A850, and the A863.[2] The B884 road also has a junction with the A863, at the eastern end of Dunvegan.[3] Demography[edit] Dunvegan's permanent population is declining. However, numbers staying in the area during holidays have increased dramatically over the years since 2001. Economy[edit] The town is now home to four hotels/ B&Bs, a bakery, a restaurant, a cobbler, two general stores, one filling station, a garage, tourist information, a gun shop, a fishing store and a fruit and vegetable shop. It also has a recycling point and other small facilities. Tourist information used to be situated in the parade of shops at Lochside, but is now available on a seasonal basis at Dunvegan Castle's St Kilda Shop. The Giant MacAskill Museum, which celebrates the life of Angus Mòr MacAskill was established in 1989 and is managed by Peter MacAskill, father of the street trials cycle rider Danny MacAskill.[4] References[edit]

^ "Details of Dunvegan". Gazetteer for Scotland. Retrieved 2 January 2015.  ^ "A863". Sabre. Retrieved 2 January 2015.  ^ "B884". Sabre. Retrieved 2 January 2015.  ^ Danny MacAskill
Danny MacAskill
makes a career from defying death (15 February 2009) The Times. Retrieved 28 May 2010.

External links[edit]

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Dunvegan.

Wikivoyage has a travel guide for Dunvegan.

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Main settlements

Portree Broadford Dunvegan Kyleakin Uig

Crofting townships and settlements

Achachork Aird of Sleat Ardvasar Armadale Ashaig Bernisdale Bornesketaig Boreraig Borreraig Borrodale Borve Bracadale Breakish Brogaig Bualintur Camastianavaig Camuscross Carbost, Loch Harport Carbost, Portree Claigan Colbost Drumfearn Drynoch Dunan Duntulm Edinbane Elgol Ellishadder Eynort Eyre Fasach Feorlig Ferindonald Fiskavaig Flashader Flodigarry Galltrigill Garafad Geary Gedintailor Gillen Glendale Halistra Harlosh Heaste Isleornsay Kensaleyre Kilbride Kilmaluag Kilmarie Kilmore Kilmuir Kilvaxter Kingsburgh Kylerhea Lealt Lower Breakish Luib Milovaig Mugeary Ollach Ose Peinachorran Portnalong Ramasaig Roag Sconser Skeabost Sligachan Staffin Stein Struan Suladale Talisker Tarskavaig Teangue Torrin Totaig Tote Treaslane Trumpan Uigshader Ullinish Upper Breakish

Mountains and hills

Am Basteir Beinn na Caillich Blà Bheinn Bruach na Frìthe Clach Glas Glamaig Healabhal Bheag Sgùrr a' Ghreadaidh Sgùrr a' Mhadaidh Sgùrr MhicChoinnich Sgùrr na Banachdaich Sgùrr nan Gillean Sgùrr Dearg Sgùrr a' Mhadaidh
Sgùrr a' Mhadaidh
Ruaidh Marsco Quiraing/Meall na Suiramach Sgùrr Alasdair The Storr

History and prehistory

Armadale Castle Battle of the Braes Battle of the Spoiling Dyke Caisteal Maol Cill Chriosd Corriechatachan Dùn Ringill Dunvegan
Castle Fairy Flag Flora MacDonald High Pasture Cave Sir Lachlan Mackinnon (clan chief) Neil Mackinnon Mugearite Sir Rory Mor's Horn Rubha an Dùnain

Local culture

Isle of Skye
Music Festival MacCrimmon pipers Sabhal Mòr Ostaig Skye
Camanachd Talisker
whisky Té Bheag "The Skye
Boat Song"


Duirinish Minginish Sleat Strathaird Trotternish Waternish

Surrounding islands

Ascrib Islands Crowlin Islands Eilean Bàn Eilean Fladday Eilean Mòr Eilean Tigh Eilean Trodday Fladda-chùain Harlosh
Island Isay Lampay Longay Mingay Oronsay Pabay Raasay Scalpay Rona Soay Staffin
Island Tarner Island Wiay


MV Glenachulish