Duntulm Castle

[Duntulm Castle]

One of the more popular stopoffs on the Trotternish tourist trail, Duntulm Castle scores full marks in the "how not to manage a historic property" competition. Perched spectacularly on a rocky headland, the castle ruins are surrounded by a broken fence and "Keep Out!" signs. You can't see much from behind the fence: if you do venture beyond (as most people seem to), ignore the litter and nettles, and instead watch out for sheer drops and unstable masonry. The castle was originally several storeys high, but its progressive collapse into the sea will continue unless sea defences are constructed. The interesting history (search online for this - there's scant information at the site itself) and the wider coastal setting on the Hunish peninsula is worth a visit alone, but don't come expecting another Eilean Donan. Skye Council - could do better.

[View south along the coast from the castle]

Name: Duntulm Castle ☆☆☆
Location: Off A855 at Duntulm G.R.: NG 410743 / overgrown porridge funnels
Open: Always
Cost: Free
Anything else? Park at the layby at G.R.: NG 411741 / alone hindering shed - from here it's a straightforward 5-min walk to the castle on a grass / mud path. There are no facilities and the layby fills up around the middle of the day as part of the daily tourist flow around Trotternish.

[Signs restrict access to the castle - but views are limited from here]

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