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

Scottish Gaelic: Dùn Bheagain
Dunvegan is located in Isle of Skye

 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 Northern
Fire Highlands and Islands
Ambulance Scottish
EU Parliament Scotland
UK Parliament Ross, Skye and Lochaber
Scottish Parliament Ross, Skye and Inverness West
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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 village is now home to 4 decent sized hotels/B&B's, a bakery, a restaurant, a cobblers, two general stores, 1 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. 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 widely known for its freshly caught fish from the loch itself.

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

Dunvegan castle, Scotland
Map of Skye showing Dunvegan


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

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