Anyone with any historical knowledge of the Hebrides will know about Dunvegan, if only for its impressive castle, keeping watch over the sea access to Loch Dunvegan from the Outer Hebrides. The Highland fortress of MacLeod of Macleod, the building has been continuously inhabited by the same family for 800 years. Popular for its seal colony and the chance to see peregrines, sea eagles, golden eagles, heron and much more, Dunvegan is also the gateway to the extraordinary Coral beach at Claigan, the legendary Fairy bridge, the MacLeods Maidens (an impressive series of stacks) and, of course, the flat-topped MacLeods Tables.
The village has a vibrant community life and excellent facilities including a museum, the impressively stocked Fasgadh Stores, a filling station-cum-bistro, restaurants, cafés, hotels, bars, art and photographic galleries, a popular camp site and Skye’s oldest bakery. Boat trips also leave from the village pier, bound for the abandoned isle of St Kilda.
A village in North West Skye. Shops include Fasgadh General Stores, Fruit & Nut, Dunvegan Post Office, Jans Cakes, Dunvegan Garage, Highland Ordnance.
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Fasgadh General Stores – here you will find all the essential groceries you need, fresh milk, bread, fish and meat. You’ll also get the local newspapers The West Highland Free Press.
Fruit & Nut – greengrocer and wholefoods. When fully stocked, Tony has a really wide range of vegetables and fruit, local salads and herbs, cheese, vegetarian options, milk, butter and other fridge foods. fruit and Nut also have a shop in Struan.
Dunvegan Post Office – as well as being a super helpful post office you’ll find cards, paper, envelopes, scented candles and other local items.
Jan Cakes – super fine, super fancy cakes – and a lovely selection of soups and curries.
Highland Ordnance – In Ben’s shop you’ll find waterproofs, warm clothing, range of camping gear, lots of fishing tackle and rods, bow and arrows for adults and juniors and firearms!