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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 4 attractions in Dunvegan
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Castles, Historic Sites
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... more » 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. « less
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St Andrews, United Kingdom
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73 reviews 73 reviews
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78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

We visited at the beginning of July '14 during extensive refurbishment. It was quite interesting to see the work going on and it does explain that fairly high entrance fee of £10. The gardens are beautiful so definitely saving this for a dry day as the rooms in the Castle that are open are limited. Even if you read every... More

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Salisbury, England, United Kingdom
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16 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

A lovely castle with plenty of rooms to explore. Lots of fascinating history. The gardens were lovely too and there is plenty to see and do for the money. There is also a boat trip to see the seals which is extra but we didn't do that on this occasion.

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London, United Kingdom
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105 attraction reviews
132 helpful votes 132 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

This may be the oldest inhabited castle in Scotland, but it is also one of the ugliest I have ever visited. The grounds make up for the rather austere nature of the place, but it could do with a bit of life injected into it (given the extensive flower beds, for example, why have plastic plants in the house -... More

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Springfield, Massachusetts
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19 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

We took a ride to Dunvegan from Portree to see the landscape and villages. Dunvegan Castle held some interest for us, but when we got there, we found signs directing us to a boat ride to see seals. We decided to do that first, and were wonderfully surprised by the views from the boat and the chance to see many... More

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Edinburgh
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57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Unique experience. Wonderful gardens in a slightly forbidding landscape - what has been achieved here over the years is outstanding. Very interesting house - I particularly enjoyed the information about St Kilda. Pity the café is in the car park. Suggestion for improvement - put a couple of chairs in the room where the recording of Dame Flora is being... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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15 reviews 15 reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Dunvegan has all the location and history to be spectacular but it's extremely underwhelming at present. There aren't very many rooms open to the public and many of them are in a dilapidated state. Having been through castle country out in Aberdeen I was expecting much more. If you're going to visit stay outside, the grounds are lovely. There are... More

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Brigg, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Excellent gardens and grounds. Castle ok but not outstanding. Would recommend it as a place to visit for a good day out

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

We've done the castle thing before and found them to be ok. Just. Dunvegan is different. It has it all, pretty much. One gripe was the cinema showing the history on the silver screen is tucked away down in the ancillary area. I suppose if there was a more suitable area upstairs closer to the door it would be there.... More

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Dundee, Scotland
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23 reviews 23 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Visited Dunvegan Castle on a stunning hot day. ( They do happen on Skye ! ) had a very interesting tour and learned much about the McLeod dynasty and the famous visitors they have had over the years. Lots of history and some interesting facts and artefacts relating to Bonnie Prince Charlie and Flora Macdonald. Gardens were in full bloom... More

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Newcastle, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Wonderful day out at the castle. Lovely welcome at the entrance, very informative guides throughout the rooms. Lots of information on the history of the MacLeod clan and many interesting artefacts. Garden is astonishingly beautiful if you're lucky enough to visit on a fine day!

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