Friday, October 22, 2010

Dunvegan Castle Waterfall Gardens

The waterfall garden area at Dunvegan Castle.

It was lovely to walk around the gardens, as there were so many different types of gardens to walk through.  And what a lovely setting by the Loch. Very often with these lovely historical homes, I enjoy the gardens more than I do visiting the inside of the houses.  


Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Inside Dunvegan Castle

Fairy Flag

The Fairy Flag was examined in the early 20th century by the Victoria and Albert Museum, who concluded that the silk was woven in either Syria or Rhodes, and the darns were made in the Near East.  It was their opinion that the flag, in its original state, would have been quite precious, possibly a relic like the shirt of a saint.  That it may have been acquired at the time of the Crusades 11th century, but other dating suggests earlier than that, 4th or 5th century.  In any case it's an interesting relic.  With lots of stories to go with it.


Sunday, October 17, 2010

Dunvegan Castle, Isle of Skye

The MacLeod family have continuously lived in Dunvegan Castle for 800 years.  The castle is located on a rock by the side of Lock Dunvegan.  The gardens are beautiful to walk around along with the lovely walled garden. woodland walks and seals on the loch side.

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