Dunscaith Castle, Tokavaig

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#6 of 9 in Historic Sites in Isle of Skye
Dunscaith Castle also known as Dun Sgathaich Castle, Dun Scaith, and Tokavaig, is a ruined castle on the coast of the Isle of Skye, in the north-west of Scotland. It is located in the Parish of Sleat, in the Highland council area, and in the former county of Inverness-shire, at. Also called Fortress of Shadows, it is named after and was the home of the warrior maiden Scáthach.HistoryThe castle itself sits on an off-shore rock. The rock rises 40 feet above sea level and there is a gap of 20 feet between the rock and the mainland. The gap was once spanned by a walled bridge with arches 6 feet apart. This stone walled bridge then led onto a drawbridge, the pivot holes for which are still visible on the far side. Once on the other side of the drawbridge a door opened to a flight of stairs which was also sided by two walls. The flight of stairs led up to the castle.Parts of the castle curtain wall still survive on the cliff edge but most of the inner buildings have gone. The curtain wall was about 5 ft thick. In the courtyard is a well and the remains of a stairway which once led up a tower.Originally the castle belonged to the Clan MacDonald of Sleat, a branch of the Clan Donald or MacDonald. At some time in the 14th century it was taken from them by the Clan MacLeod and held briefly by the MacAskills, allies of the MacLeods but it was recaptured by the MacDonalds sometime in the 15th century.
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  • It is a bit of a drive to get to Dunscaith Castle, but it's worth the drive and the fifteen minute hike it will take you to get to the actual castle which is a very interesting and photogenic ruin. Yo...  more »
  • The road out is quite hilly and takes awhile to get to the ruin, and you would think that we would have learned that Scottish roads aren't highways and we must plan much more time than we would have t...  more »
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  • We are big fans of romantic ruins like this one. The walk out can get a bit squishy, and you have to hold onto the side of the bridge wall to get across which might be a bit much for some, but it's a beauty of a ruin. Picturesque. And free.
  • Beautiful and stunning landscape. I was so happy I came, it was deserted which made it all the more special. Careful if you decide to go over on the actual castle portion it is quite tricky.
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