Dunscaith Castle ~ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dunscaith_Castle
Dunscaith Castle also known as Dun Sgathaich Castle, Dun Scaith, and Tokavaig, is a ruined castle on the coast of the Isle of Skye, in the north-west of Scotland. It is located in the Parish of Sleat
In Gaelic, the Isle of Skye is ~ An t-Eilean Sgitheanach not a great difference between Sgitheanach & (Dun) Sgathaich & there are some that say Skye is named after Scathach
Dun Sgathaich is known as the Fortress of Shadows.
Probably in connection with the Isle of Skye as it was known as the Land of Shadows.
Sgàthach & Dun Sgathaich (Dunscaith) MAP
Scáthach (Scottish Gaelic: Sgàthach an Eilean Sgitheanach), or Sgathaich, is a figure in the Ulster Cycle of Irish mythology. She is a legendary Scottish warrior woman and martial arts teacher who trains the legendary Ulster hero Cú Chulainn in the arts of combat. Texts describe her homeland as Scotland (Alpeach); she is especially associated with the Isle of Skye, where her residence Dún Scáith, or “Dun Sgathaich” (Fortress of Shadows), stands. She is called “the Shadow” and “Warrior Maid” and is the rival and sister of Aífe, both daughters of Árd-Greimne of Lethra.
However, when the Witch of Endor is first introduced, she insists that Scathach contact her mother, but doesn’t mention her father. This is possibly a hint that she cares little for Ard-Greimne, and/or that he is her son-in-law, rather than her son.
It is assumed that his side is by which his children are related to Prometheus and Zephaniah, as he has the red hair and green eyes they have.However, they have been traits of the Clan they were a part of.
In particular an irish warrior he was called Cu chulainn
Cú chulainn was known as Setanta
thats how the cuillins got there name, from him
cu chulainn was the son of a Deichtine his father was Lugh
In Irish mythology, Deichtine or Deichtire was the sister of Conchobar mac Nessa and the mother of Cú Chulainn. Her husband was Sualtam, but Cú Chulainn’s real father may have been Lugh of the Tuatha Dé Danann. Lugh was a God Deichtine was a mortal
Lugh or Lug ([luɣ]; modern Irish: Lú [luː]) is an important god of Irish mythology. A member of the Tuatha Dé Danann, Lugh is portrayed as a youthful warrior hero, a king and saviour. He is associated with skill, crafts and the arts as well as with oaths, truth and the law.
The Words of Scáthach
Rawlinson B 512; Egerton 1782; Egerton 88; Royal Irish Academy 23 N 10
Trans. P. L. Henry
Here begin the words of Scáthach to Cu Chulainn as they were separating in the eastern parts when Cu Chulainn had completed the full course of military training with Scáthach. Then Scáthach foretold to him what was in store for him and told him of his end through Vision which illumines:
When thou art a peerless champion,
great extremity awaits thee,
alone against the vast herd.
Warriors will be set aside against thee,
necks will be broken by thee,
thy sword will strike strokes to the rear
against Setante’s gory stream.
Hard-bladed, he will cut/conjure the trees
by the sign of slaughters, by manly feats.
Cows will be carried o from thy hill,
captives will be forfeited by thy people;
harried by the troop for a fortnight,
thy cattle will walk the passes.
Thou wilt be alone in great hardship against the host.
Scarlet gushes of blood will strike
upon many variously-cloven shields.
A band of parasites that thou wilt adhere to
will bring away many people and oxen.
Many wounds will be inicted
upon thee, Cu Chulainn.
You will suffer a wound of revenge (in)
one of the encounters at the final breach.
From your red-pronged weapon there will be defeat,
(men) pierced against the furious wave,
against the whale equipped for exploits,
a whale performing feats with blows.
Women will wail and beat (hands) in their troop,
Medb and Ailill boast of it.
A sick-bed awaits thee
in face of slaughters of great ferocity.
I see the very glossy Finnbennach
(of Ae) in great rage against Donn Cuailnge.
In Irish mythology, Deichtine or Deichtire was the sister of Conchobar mac Nessa and the mother of Cú Chulainn. Her husband was Sualtam, but Cú Chulainn’s real father may have been Lugh of the Tuatha Dé Danann.
Cú Chulainn, also spelled Cú Chulaind or Cúchulainn ([kuːˈxʊlˠɪnʲ]– LISTEN; Irish for “Culann‘s Hound”) and sometimes known in English as Cuhullin /kəˈhʊlᵻn/, is an Irish mythological hero who appears in the stories of the Ulster Cycle, as well as in Scottish and Manx folklore. He is believed to be an incarnation of the god Lugh, who is also his father. His mother is the mortal Deichtine, sister of Conchobar mac Nessa.
Born Sétanta, he gained his better-known name as a child, after killing Culann’s fierce guard-dog in self-defence and offered to take its place until a replacement could be reared. At the age of seventeen he defended Ulster single-handedly against the armies of queen Medb of Connacht in the famous Táin Bó Cúailnge (“Cattle Raid of Cooley“). It was prophesied that his great deeds would give him everlasting fame, but his life would be a short one. He is known for his terrifying battle frenzy, or ríastrad (translated by Thomas Kinsella as “warp spasm” and by Ciaran Carson as “torque”), in which he becomes an unrecognisable monster who knows neither friend nor foe. He fights from his chariot, driven by his loyal charioteer Láeg and drawn by his horses, Liath Macha and Dub Sainglend. In more modern times, Cú Chulainn is often referred to as the “Hound of Ulster”.
In Cú Chulainn’s youth he is so beautiful the Ulstermen worry that, without a wife of his own, he will steal their wives and ruin their daughters. They search all over Ireland for a suitable wife for him, but he will have none but Emer, daughter of Forgall Monach. However, Forgall is opposed to the match. He suggests that Cú Chulainn should train in arms with the renowned warrior-woman Scáthach in the land of Alba (Scotland), hoping the ordeal will be too much for him and he will be killed. Cú Chulainn takes up the challenge, travelling to her residence Dún Scáith (Fortress of Shadows) on the Isle of Skye. In the meantime, Forgall offers Emer to Lugaid mac Nóis, a king of Munster, but when he hears that Emer loves Cú Chulainn, Lugaid refuses her hand.
Scáthach teaches Cú Chulainn all the arts of war, including the use of the Gáe Bulg, a terrible barbed spear, thrown with the foot, that has to be cut out of its victim. His fellow trainees include Ferdiad, who becomes Cú Chulainn’s best friend and foster-brother. During his time there, Scáthach faces a battle against Aífe, her rival and in some versions her twin sister. Scáthach, knowing Aífe’s prowess, fears for Cú Chulainn’s life and gives him a powerful sleeping potion to keep him from the battle. However, because of Cú Chulainn’s great strength, it only puts him to sleep for an hour, and he soon joins the fray. He fights Aífe in single combat, and the two are evenly matched, but Cú Chulainn distracts her by calling out that Aífe’s horses and chariot, the things she values most in the world, have fallen off a cliff, and seizes her. With his sword at her throat, he agrees to spare her life on the condition that she call off her enmity with Scáthach, and bear him a son.
Leaving Aífe pregnant, Cú Chulainn returns from Scotland fully trained, but Forgall still refuses to let him marry Emer. Cú Chulainn storms Forgall’s fortress, killing twenty-four of Forgall’s men, abducts Emer and steals Forgall’s treasure. Forgall himself falls from the ramparts to his death. Conchobar has the “right of the first night” over all marriages of his subjects. He is afraid of Cú Chulainn’s reaction if he exercises it in this case, but is equally afraid of losing his authority if he does not. Cathbad suggests a solution: Conchobar sleeps with Emer on the night of the wedding, but Cathbad sleeps between them.
She married Cairbre Nia Fer, king of Tara, but was unfaithful to him. She enjoyed a tryst with Cúchulainn at the beginning of the Táin Bó Cuailnge (Cattle Raid of Cooley), although the text has been clumsily altered to say that Cúchulainn’s lover was Fedelm’s handmaid. She later left her husband for Conall Cernach.
Mythology is all very good & well but the fact the Cuillins (mountains) are called after cu chuillinn & he appears not only in Scottish but irish & Manx stories. AND there have been Irish bronze age spearheads found on sleat
I have to look further but there is without doubt a link between Sleat & Ireland
Even Angus Og was Irish.
You just have to look at the Clan crests…. now all macdonald crests are similar, but as far as i have found NONE are identical APART FROM THESE….
After the failed Jocobite rebellion, Bonnie Prince Charlie fled & was taken by Flora macdonald to Skye, Flora was from Sleat, Armadale to be precise which is approx 9 miles from Dunscaith.
So is should come as no surprise that it was Sleat she took Charlie & she hid him in a cave there in a place called Elgol
By sea, Elgol is 1-2 mile ish from Dunscaith. About 4 miles by road
Going back to the Sgathach quote. The last line o what scathach said…
“I see the very glossy Finnbennach (of Ae) in great rage against Donn Cuailnge”