Historic award for Skye’s Dunvegan Castle

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The 2019 Historic Houses Restoration Award, sponsored by Sotheby’s, has been awarded to Dunvegan Castle and Gardens on Skye.

Winning this prestigious restoration award at Sotheby’s in London is further recognition that Dunvegan Castle and Gardens has cemented its place as a world-class heritage attraction.

Annually the estate contributes an average of £900,000 through a combination of employment and purchase of local goods and services. Since 2008 alone, it has contributed £8.3m to the Skye economy and over £12m to the Scottish economy.

Hugh MacLeod, estate director, said: ‘I would like to thank the judges of the Historic Houses Restoration Award. I am delighted to accept this award on behalf of the fantastic MacLeod Estate team who work so hard behind the scenes to make the impossible possible.

‘All the restoration works we have undertaken at Dunvegan over the past 10 years have been largely accomplished in-house, with the help of a fantastic team of dedicated external contractors.

‘I would like to dedicate this award to my late father who had the vision to see that in order to “Hold Fast” [the clan MacLeod motto] in the modern world, Dunvegan had to adapt from being a medieval fortress designed to keep people out, to a place focused on welcoming people in.

‘This award will help us to continue to Hold Fast to our goal of preserving, developing and sharing the unique heritage of Dunvegan Castle and the MacLeod Estate for future generations to enjoy.’