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 Castles of Scotland - Caisteal Maol






Location
near Kyleakin, Isle of Skye, Scotland

Description
Caisteal Maol is a ruined castle located near the harbour of the village of Kyleakin on the Isle of Skye. It is also known as Castle Moil.

History
Caisteal Maol is believed to originate from the 10th Century. The present building dates from around the 14th or 15th century and was abandoned by the MacKinnons in the mid 17th Century. The castle is now nearly completely ruined. In 1949 and 1989 parts of the ruins broke away in storms. The remaining ruins have been secured to prevent further deterioration

Legends
It is believed that one of the early MacKinnon chiefs married a Norwegian princess around 900 and established the original castle. Tradition records that this couple levied a toll on boats passing through the channel between Skye and the mainland, by stretching a chain across the strait as a stop barrier.


Other Castles in the Area
  Armadale Castle, Isle of Skye
  Dunscaith Castle, Isle of Skye
  Eilean Donan Castle, Highland
  Knock Castle, Isle of Skye
  Strome Castle, Highland







Strome Castle
Castle Moil

Photograph by Katherine (chatirygirl). Some rights reserved.  (view image details)

Strome Castle
Castle Moil

Photograph by Katherine (chatirygirl). Some rights reserved.  (view image details)


 Caisteal Maol map