The Norse Connection

According to their own genealogies, the MacLeods and Dunvegan Castle become intertwined in the 13th century throug the marriage of their progenitor, Leod, with the heiress of th Macarailts, in those days the Viking Seneschals of Skye, who lived at Dunvegan. Leod himself was a son of Olaf the Black, King of the Isle of Man, who in his turn was descended from the Norse King Harald Hardrada.

Leod and his lady had two sons, Tormond and Torquil, progenotors respectively of the MacLeods of Dunvegan, Harris and Glanelg and the MacLeods of Lewis. The Gaelic word "Mac" means "son of" symbolises the moment when Clan MacLeod first appears as a historical reality. Son of Leod = MacLeod decended from Viking and Norse blood lines.

The MacLeod Clan's connection with their Viking and Norse forebares is still celebrated today.

The fireworks spectacular in early november is a wonderful time to be at Dunvegan. Linking Dunvegan Castle with it's viking past. A replica viking long boat is set alight followed by a barrage of fireworks which add true drama to the occasion as they light up thecastle battlements.

The evening is heralded by a torch light procession, which in turn is led by a local pipe band.All the monies raised on the night go to local charities and worthy causes.

The firework spectacular attracts hundreds of people every year to Dunvegan.

For details and dates contact either The MacLeod's Estate Office (Dunvegan Castle, Isle of Skye IV55 8WS) or the local Tourist Board office in Portree.


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