Skye's Dunvegan Castle urged to become GoVegan

A SCOTTISH castle has been urged to ban animal products from its grounds by an animal rights group.

Dunvegan Castle, on the Isle of Skye, has also been asked to rename itself as GoVegan Castle in a bid to make it the world’s first vegan castle.

Charity PETA sent a letter to Clan Chief Hugh Magnus MacLeod of MacLeod suggesting the castle could ‘tap into a growing trend’ which has seen veganism grow in popularity in Scotland.

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Requests from Scots for PETA’s free vegan starter kit are up 223 per cent, and research from Mintel shows that 20 per cent of 16- to 24-year-olds in the UK have embraced plant-based eating.

PETA Manager of Special Projects Dawn Carr said: “By offering vegan food at its café and famous ice-cream trike, GoVegan Castle would make a name for itself as a progressive international holiday destination.

“PETA stands ready to help Scotland’s oldest continually occupied castle become a one-of-a-kind steward for animals, the environment, and human health.”

Last year, Edinburgh won PETA’s title of the UK’s Most Vegan-Friendly City – an accolade won by Glasgow in 2013.

The city currently boasts more than 20 vegan-friendly restaurants, many of which dish up plant-based twists on traditional Scottish fare, including vegan haggis.