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Dunvegan Castle & Gardens

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Address: Dunvegan | Isle of Skye, Dunvegan IV55 8WF, Scotland
Phone Number: 44 (0) 1470 521206
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Description: 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. **** 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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Nice castle and gardens but mostly worth it for the seal trips.

Dunvegan Castle and gardens were worth a visit. The castle is in beautiful surroundings and the interior of the castle has been restored well and documents the history of the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 29, 2015
StevenandClaire_12
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Northumberland National Park, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW via mobile

Dunvegan Castle and gardens were worth a visit. The castle is in beautiful surroundings and the interior of the castle has been restored well and documents the history of the castle in an interesting way. The staff were also very friendly. For an extra £6 you can pay for a short boat trip to see seals close up. This was... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

The gardens are absolutely stunning. If you have any interest at all in gardening, you'll be amazed by the different aspects - the walked garden, round garden, water garden were all amazing. We didn't plan on a trip to the seals but decided to do it once we had walked down to the departure point. It was a fun experience.... More 

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chennI
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

The Castle is pretty well preserved but needs more boards and information tags. Without a guide if is pretty much bland and you are unable to follow much. It is well preserved though a bit tired. Some interesting nooks and corners by way of a dungeon pit and a surprise in the back stairway region does give a twist. The... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

Very interesting place with focus on the clan its chiefs and notable points in history as much as the castle itself. I particularly liked the Collection of G W Wilson photos and the small exhibition case about St Kilda. Well worth the entrance fee.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW via mobile

We had no plan on stopping at Dunvegan Castle but had no plan one day in northern Skye. We read Rick Steves' review and took a chance. The gardens are lovely-not too large, waterfalls and streams. The castle feels like you're walking up the steps into a home. Papers in each room give information. The unexpected treat was how helpful... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

What a shame. A fascinating castle with a fascinating history, but so poorly told. So much more could be made of the history and heritage through better information and a better video presentation. Some of the rooms we visited looked tired and sad in places, with insufficient information available. The video presentation was desperately poor, I'm sure it was the... More 

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fairfield
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

this is not the Queens palace, but the gardens are nicely done, and we enjoyed the water garden. the castle has some nice history to it and the part about the Prince's escape are fun bits of Scottish history. There is a film on the lower level which I found quite informative..when I could hear it. even tho the day... More 

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Kirriemuir, Scotland
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

This is a historical review as the visit took place during the mid 1990s yet on reading the negative comments it is evident that there has been no or little improvement during the intervening years. Historically the castle is interesting but for the wrong reasons. The visit with my late wife took place late April, just prior to the bridge... More 

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Tamuning, null, Guam
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

Very interesting self tour. If you speak with the guides in the rooms you learn more about the daily life now and in the past. Some rooms are off limits because the family really lives there.Others the family only uses during off season. The Fairy flag is displayed and Clan legends told.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

We were disappointed when we arrived 5 minutes to 5 on Easter Sunday and were denied admission to this castle....the ticket man did tell us "There's a view of it further on down the road". There most certainly was, we got a few good shots and we were on our merry way!

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