Dun Ringill is an Iron Age hill fort on the Strathaird peninsula. Further fortified in the Middle Ages, tradition holds that it was for several centuries the seat of Clan MacKinnon. The original structure is consistent with an Iron Age Broch dating to approximately the first years of the common era. The main and subordinate structures have been occupied and modified throughout its history until the 19th century. Tradition relates that the structure was occupied by the MacKinnons as their clan seat well before the 16th century. It is mentioned in historical texts in the 16th century after which the MacKinnons moved their seat to Dunakin.

Dun Ringill today is a stacked stone ruin overlooking Loch Slapin. The present structure is approximately 4 meters in height and 16 meters on each side with a ditch following the outer wall. Its most notable feature is the central landward facing doorway approximately 1.8 meters high that leads into the center of the structure. The interior of the structure contained two rectangular buildings 4.5 meters by 2.4 meters. The original layout was similar to that of a broch, a form of complex Atlantic roundhouse.

A stone wall foundation encloses area adjacent to the structure. Similarly to other castles and fortified houses, the wall probably formed a defensive perimeter and livestock enclosure. The remains of the wall itself are hidden by vegetation. A site survey has shown that there are remains of other buildings in the immediate vicinity; and although their age is uncertain, it is likely their construction and occupation was throughout the history of Dun Ringill up until the 19th century.



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Stuart Robinson (14 months ago)
Dun Ringil is situated not far from Ian Andersons previous abode on Skye. To get there simply cross the stepping stones in the burn adjacent to the house and follow the tracks in the heather/grassland. It is not far but takes a few minutes to get there on foot. A little care is needed when crossing on the stepping stones when the tide is in, find a sturdy stick to help with your balance or you end up in the burn. To finish off park your vehicle in the layby with a flask of coffee and play 'Stormwatch' while looking out over the bay or the graveyard at the bottom of IA's former garden and inspiration for 'old Ghosts'.
Scott Lawrie (15 months ago)
It's fine if you like scrambling over lots of rocks, but the "castle" itself is actually just a small pile of rocks with a little tunnel through it. Really not worth getting excited about. Cool having to cross stepping stones to get there though. Park at the cemetery.
Chris Anderson (3 years ago)
Nice walk be careful on footpath
G L (3 years ago)
If you've seen most other sites and you have nothing to do, then I'd recommend this site. Its almost non existant its in such a bad state... but the location and walk to it is peaceful and tranquil. I wouldn't go out of your way to see it. Id recommend a definite visit Dunscaith Castle....location is better and ruin far more interesting.
Ryan McKinnon (3 years ago)
Beautiful location with an old fort. Had to do a bit of adventuring to find it. Very serene and not highly trafficked unlike more widely known attractions on Isle of Skye. It's a bit of a drive to get out to it but I highly recommend it.
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