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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
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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

If you are in the area, Dunvegan is a worthwhile stop. Although rebuilt many times and only some of the original remains, there is plenty of history here. The location is idyllic and the tour is self-guided so it is a mellow experience. Add in the pretty gardens (remember to bring a little picnic) and this is a great stop... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

We enjoyed our visit to Dunvegan castle but would recommend not paying the extra $'s to tour the interior of the castle. It was nothing special. The fairy flag was a brown tattered piece of cloth in a frame. The exterior of the castle and grounds were beautiful. As a gardened I enjoyed touring the woodland and formal gardens and... More

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Paisley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

The has to be a must for any visit to the Isle of Skye. The home of the clan MacLeod this is a fascinating historical treat. The gardens and setting are just breathtaking but the must do is to take a trip on the loch to visit the seals, which is just an amazing up close look at these beautiful... More

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Seabeck, Washington, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

Beautiful castle filled with history-many pictures of past and present inhabitants. The Fairy flag is framed and under glass-a large shredded piece of silk fabric with the intriguing story of the fairy who married a member of the McCleod family and could not stay on our world, but left the flag to use the fairy powers in emergencies...

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Taunton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

We just had to stop and visit Dunvegan Castle whilst touring north west Skye in our Scottish Tourers motorhome. The free car park provided us with plentiful and easy parking for the van and it was just a short walk away to the Casltle and Gardens entrance. The castle is built on a rocky outcrop on the shores of Loch... More

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Interesting walk around the house and gardens. Still quite a bit of colour despite the time of year. Managed to see some seals without taking the boat trip. Some of the water garden was not accessible due to ongoing work but you could still get to the waterfall by taking the long walk round.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

We visited the castle and gardens on an extremely windy day so unfortunately the seal boat tours were not running from the castle. The gardens are kept in perfect condition and were lovely to explore, especially the water garden. The castle, though not especially big, has a lot of artefacts on display and the attendants were knowledgeable about the history... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

A very good visit to this castle. It was a rainy day, but never ruined the atmosphere of the area and castle. Friendly staff and saw some seals. Miss it already ..

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

This is a normal castle I have been. There's nothing really special in the castle, but the view from the castle is still nice. There is a lake around the castle and it is quite clean. If people visit to this place, you can go to take a ship to see some animals, this is much better than the castle.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

If you are looking for a stunning castle there are better alternatives. But if you are looking to learn some history on the clans following the evolution of the MacLeod 700 year history then this is a real treat. The phases of the castles, the history behind the paintings, photos, letters and even the gardens and garden museum provides an... More

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