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Dunvegan Castle & Gardens

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Address: Dunvegan IV55 8WF, Scotland
Phone Number:
+44 1470 521206
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

Any visit to the Isle of Skye is incomplete without enjoying the wealth of...

Any visit to the Isle of Skye is incomplete without enjoying the wealth of history and clan legend at Dunvegan Castle & Gardens. Built on a rocky outcrop on the shores of Loch Dunvegan, Dunvegan is the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Scotland and has been the ancestral home of the Chiefs of Clan MacLeod for 800 years. Award winning gardens, seal boat trips, cafe, gift shops and holiday cottages. grading. For more information about our opening times, admission prices, events and exhibitions, please visit our website and facebook page.

Awarded a 5* Visitor Attraction Grading by Visit Scotland in 2016.

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Beautiful gardens and interesting house/castle

We spent one day on Skye and it was overcast/drizzling but the gardens were still lovely to visit and we found the castle interesting to look through. We bought a Historic Houses... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Queensland, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We spent one day on Skye and it was overcast/drizzling but the gardens were still lovely to visit and we found the castle interesting to look through. We bought a Historic Houses Membership before our holiday and used it to get entry to Dunvegan Castle and Gardens.

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Airdrie, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited on a day with very 'Scottish' weather so we went into the castle when it rained and walked round the gardens (trying to avoid the dreaded midgies) when it was dry. Gardens were lovely, we even managed a picnic lunch in the walled garden as it was sheltered and the sun came out for a bit. We were... More 

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Tacoma, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

The rain had just stopped and the sky sun was beginning the break the clouds, it was a perfect moment to enjoy the beautiful castle grounds an gardens. I thought the walled garden with its lily pond, was just perfect. The castle was really interesting but you were not allowed to photograph the interior. Overall it was a great visit.

Thank MBLACK65
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017

Would have loved to visit on a less rainy day - the glimpses I was able to get of the gardens suggest that they are pretty spectacular. The inside of the castle itself is interesting and worth touring, though our favorite by far, were the conversations we had with some of the folks on staff. They are incredibly knowledgable and... More 

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Wakefield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017 via mobile

A good example of a castle and the gardens alone are worth the visit. Plenty to see inside aswell including a look down into the dungeon, and the usual paintings and trinkets.

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London, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017

When visiting the Isle of Skye, I would suggest short visit to Dunvegan Castle, home of the Macleods --in fact the family still lives in the castle today! Very interesting to see how the castle was lived in hundreds of years ago. Located on the west side of the island. There are also extensive gardens and grounds to explore. The... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 December 2016

Saw the castle from the road and decided to make a stop. Really glad we did! I really felt the history while walking through the castle and reading about the clan and former occupants. The gardens are beautiful and definitely worth a walk through! View at the back of the castle out to the water is beautiful and very calming.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2016

Castle can walk around it but really optional, not found amazing things in place or are spectacular. No unusual things. Not more than nice

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Grand Blanc, Michigan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016 via mobile

This is a nice castle to visit. Lots to see and explore. They gave a decent gift shop and the staff was very friendly. Has awesome views.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016

So better come on a day with less rain. The garden was stunning in August, very well kept and showing a wide variety of plants and flowers. The museum in the castle exhibits the history of the clan.

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