Situated on the northernmost peninsula of the Isle of Skye, Duntulm was first fortified in the Iron Age.
Called Dun Dhaibhidh it was used by Nordic raiders as they consolidated their influence around the Western Isles and down the Western Scottish mainland.
The castle was built in either the late fourteenth or early fifteenth centuries and is a great addition to an Isle of Skye trip.
Most likely constructed by the Macleod clan, it became embroiled in the clan warfare that plagued Scotland.
The Earls of Ross and the Lord of the Isles (Clan Douglas) battled for control of the area and at Duntulm this turned into friction between Clans Macleod and Macdonald.
The former were the custodians in 1540 when James V visited but by the early seventeenth century it was held by Macdonalds. The dispute was eventually settled in 1618 with a charter granting it to the Macdonalds provided they made Duntulm their main residence.
Duntulm Castle was abandoned in the 1730s and is a great addition to your highland tour.
Its exposed location soon meant the weather took a hand and today the castle is unstable; the new tower collapsed into the sea as recently as 1990.