Dunvegan

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Dunvegan
Scottish Gaelic: Dùn Bheagain
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Dunvegan is located in Isle of Skye
Dunvegan
Dunvegan
 Dunvegan shown within the Isle of Skye
Council area Highland
Lieutenancy area Ross and Cromarty
Country Scotland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town ISLE OF SKYE
Postcode district IV55
Dialling code 01470
Police Scottish
Fire Scottish
Ambulance Scottish
EU Parliament Scotland
UK Parliament Ross, Skye and Lochaber
Scottish Parliament Ross, Skye and Inverness West
List of places
UK
Scotland

Coordinates: 57°26′N 6°35′W / 57.44°N 6.58°W / 57.44; -6.58

Dunvegan (Gaelic: Dùn Bheagain) is a 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.

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.

The town is now home to four hotels/ B&B's, 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.[1]

Dunvegan 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's permanent population is declining. However, numbers staying in the area during holidays have increased dramatically over the years since 2001.

Dunvegan castle, Scotland
Map of Skye showing Dunvegan

References[edit]

  1. ^ Danny MacAskill makes a career from defying death (15 February 2009) The Times. Retrieved 28 May 2010.

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