Skye’s Hidden Heritage
Discover the historic settlement of Rubh’ an Dùnain
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Rubh’ an Dùnain



There is nothing like a vision of axe-wielding Vikings to stimulate the public imagination of our turbulent medieval history. But when that vision is focused today on an isolated, uninhabited peninsula on the west coast of the Isle of Skye and the theory that it may once have been a thriving harbour settlement and shipyard for Norse-style galleys, imagination comes ever-closer to reality.

Here you can watch and listen to dramatic videos and broadcasts that illustrate something of that approaching reality.


First, take an aerial journey across the Rubh' an Dùnain peninsula courtesy of acclaimed Skye photographer Cailean Maclean and soak up some of the grandeur of this beguiling landscape.



Next, view an exciting fly-through animation of how a medieval harbour complex might have looked as birlinns or Norse-inspired galleys were over-wintered for repair and rebuilding.

Video extract, courtesy of Aros Visitor Centre, Portree, Skye.


Then watch as the BBC series Scotland from the Sky interviews Dr Colin Martin, the eminent marine archaeologist on site, and he explains why this land has been designated a Historic Monument and what secrets it may still have to reveal.


Finally, join us as our 20-minute documentary Roots of Revival reveals how one family of MacAskills, descendants of Rubh' an Dunain's last clan leader, took virtual ownership of their historic homeland and now plan for it be repopulated as part of an international research project with an exciting future, as a 21st century online community.


Now read on . . .