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Dunvegan Castle & Gardens

Dunvegan | Isle of Skye, Dunvegan IV55 8WF, Scotland
44 (0) 1470 521206
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Ranked #2 of 3 Attractions in Dunvegan
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Castles, Historic Sites, Cultural
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Owner description: 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. **** Visit Scotland grading.For more information about our opening times, admission prices, events and exhibitions, please visit our website and facebook page.
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Inverness, United Kingdom
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54 reviews 54 reviews
52 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

We visited Dunvegan during the October School Holidays so were in Dunvegan on 16/10 and 17/10, one of the main reason for going was to visit the castle, we got ready on the Friday 17/10 and walked along only to find that the Castle was closed to visitors there were around 20 other visitors there at the same time and... More

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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5 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

My wife and I visited when on holiday in Skye, the gardens are work in progress but as in insight into the history of the fabulous old castle, it's history and the fantastic views makes this a worthwhile location to visit.

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Hong Kong, China
4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

The Dunvegan Castle itself is a a medium size castle which is well preserved and still in use by the decendents of the clan. However, keep your expectation reasonable, it is yet another castle in Scotland, without any 'Wow" factor. The thing that you should not miss is the 30 mins boat trip for Seals Watching. There are thousands of... More

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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

The best firework display I have ever seen with bonfire and pipes thank you for a great value and lovely if a little wet ( lot ) evening

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London, United Kingdom
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20 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

The castle itself is a ruin and disappointing, it was too wet to walk round the gardens so the museum was the attraction. It was interesting but sad to learn how the Clans met their downfall, how the people of Skye were forced to emigrate all over the world, and how crofting still survives, just.

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Kirriemuir, Scotland
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5 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

It is a few years since I visited the Isle of Skye but when there the English settlers had demonstrated against the exorbitant cost of the bridge tolls and won the battle; it was not the locals! Everywhere on the island that was worthy of visiting was opened and managed by the English, even the bagpipe museum; those were the... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

Having not visited Dunvegan Castle for around 10 years, we were unsure what to expect but we're very pleased to have an excellent visit. The castle was closed as the season had ended, but following a quick visit to the information centre, we were able to arrange for our group to tag along with a larger group, which was much... More

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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168 helpful votes 168 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

This nice castle is refurbished in Victorian style. In all rooms guides and explanatory sheets. Well presented history of one of the most important clans. When asking the guides they would tell you interesting items and more; they really like to explain enthusiastically their rooms to you. Very interesting is the later added central heating system with all the pipes... More

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Chatham, Massachusetts
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4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

Beautiful gardens & interesting castle. The views from inside the castle are lovely and a nice amount of history is displayed. Gardens include a waterfall, a walled garden with a beautiful greenhouse & other structures.

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Canby, Oregon
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132 helpful votes 132 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

Dunvegan Castle (Clan MacLeod) and Gardens is just about the only attraction in Dunvegan, but it's worth a visit. The grounds contain several gardens (including a walled garden) and there was quite a bit of color in the gardens even late in the season. All the grounds are well maintained. The castle tour (self-guided) visits several rooms which contain clan... More

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