The Faery Flag of Dunvegan Castle

The Faery Flag of Dunvegan Castle

For eight centuries, Dunvegan Castle on the Isle of Skye has been the home of the MacLeod Clan. The MacLeods have held on to their ancestral seat longer than any other family in Scotland. Perhaps this is due to the fact that they own a magical flag that can summon the Folk of Faeryland to help them in times of need.

It was said that a sleeping Dragon, dark and dangerous, had its lair in a deep cave below the castle walls…

When the sun had set on the Isle of Skye, and the noise of the feast sounded throughout Dunvegan Castle, the clatter of crockery and clash of cutlery reached the cave where the Dark Dragon slept deep below the castle walls.

The Dragon snuffled in its sleep.

When the moon had risen on the Isle of Skye, and the noise of storytelling sounded throughout Dunvegan Castle, the lilt of laughter reached the cave where the Dark Dragon slept deep below the castle walls.

The Dragon turned over in its sleep.

When the hour of midnight had approached on the Isle of Skye, and the noise of the ceilidh sounded throughout Dunvegan Castle, the merry music of fiddle and frolicking reached the cave where the Dark Dragon slept deep below the castle walls.

The Dragon opened its eyes.

With no one to rock the cradle or comfort him, the child of the chieftan and his faery wife began to cry.

The Dark Dragon began to growl.

No one heard the sobbing of the child.

No one heard the scrabbling of the Dragon’s claws, the beating of its enormous wings, the screeching of its hideous voice…

Who will save Dunvegan Castle from the wrath of the Dark Dragon? Find out in An Illustrated Treasury of Scottish Castle Legends by Theresa Breslin and Kate Leiper.

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