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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 2013
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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Dallas, Texas
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171 reviews 171 reviews
30 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

Dunvegan Castle is a tad pricey for its size at £10 apiece, though it's probably because it's privately owned and not part of the National Trust. It's very awesome and castley-looking. The last entry is at 5:00pm, but you can stay on the grounds until 5:45. The Chief of the Clan MacLeod still lives in the castle (well, from time... More

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St Cyrus, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Had a fabulous morning at the Dunvegan castle and gardens. The staff were exceptional, I have 2 small children and they straight away gave them a treasure hunt clipboard in order to find the keys within the castle to get the clues. Absoutely brilliant as really provoked interest with the little ones. One particular staff member then proceeded to help... More

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El Sobrante, Ca
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

Family friendly, fantastic welcome, a must see and do. Staff extremely patient with young children, gardens wonderful to burn off some steam in. We loved it and Grandma loved a quiet bench in the sun.

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Elgin, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

Visited for the first time 5 April 2014, castle had been open less than a week. No guided tours, only one disinterested member of staff in one of the first floor rooms who spent the whole time looking out the window (security concerns here), seemingly oblivious to the number of visitors passing through the room, obvious signs of structural damage... More

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014 via mobile

We visited today and thoroughly enjoyed both the castle and the gardens. It was lovely to sit in the sunshine near the seal pier and look at the loch. So peaceful. It was a shame the seal boat trip was closed - opens on 15th April. Castle was interesting. Definately worth a visit. Imagine it will be really lovely when... More

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Stuttgart, Germany
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

The grounds are nice but for the money and time, I would recommend other locations in Scotland. Dunottar, Kilchurn, Eilean Donan to name a few.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2014

I've been to this castle 3 times. The things that I love the most are the Fairie Flag and Bonny Prince Charlie's waistcoat which resides encased in glass in one of the rooms. This visit was the first time that i toured the gardens. They were quite beautiful, especially the natural one! There were many spots in that garden where... More

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014

I have been to a fair few castles up and down the country but Dunvegan is has a setting that sets it apart from most. The grounds and gardens are beautiful and it would be pretty impossible not to take a picture with amazing views. The castle itself has a great history behind it both factual and mythological (keep an... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

Castle was closed when we visited, we knew this prior to arrival but wanted to see the area around Dunvegan. We went past the castle and headed down a country lane for about 5 mins and came to the shoreline from the road with views from a distance of the castle and the loch area, we sat and watched the... More

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Dothan, al
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2013

The short boat trip was definitely a great value. On the small isle in the loch we saw hundreds of seals. All ages and sizes and where able to get really close up. Probably with 5 to 6 feet of a few laying on the shoreline. It was so cool! The castle was lovely and had a lot of historical... More

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