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Dunvegan Castle & Gardens

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Any visit to the Isle of Skye is incomplete without enjoying the wealth of history and clan legend at 5* Dunvegan Castle & Gardens. Built on a rocky outcrop on the shores of Loch Dunvegan, Dunvegan is the oldest continuously inhabited castle in...more
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Dunvegan IV55 8WF, Scotland
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Came here with the family with low expectations and yet I was still let down. There was this odd lady who I had an awkward interaction with in the cafe toilets and after that every corner I turned she was there. The castle itself was...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank balouga
Reviewed January 12, 2019

Had read so much about this castle and its history that it was a true joy to actually see the castle. Seeing the 'fairy flag' which is now basically in tatters made the entire trip worthwhile. So much of the clan's history and beliefs abounds...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Leanne B
Reviewed January 8, 2019 via mobile

Beautiful place, amazing gardens. Didn't go into the castle this time but the castle grounds were well worth the visit. A lot of interesting trees & plants, and beautiful views across the bay.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank hcharlotta
Reviewed January 5, 2019 via mobile

Plan to spend some time, do the castle tour, but also spend time in both the gardens and visiting the seals in the bay. Gorgeous

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank WVblast
Reviewed December 19, 2018

We had an enchanting time walking through the castle and gardens. The castle is in great shape and the garden was very impressive. Definitely worth your time to visit this slice of local history.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank DQShaw
Reviewed November 29, 2018

We almost skipped this because it was raining out, but so glad we didn't! The castle was quite interesting, but what really stuck with us was the amazing gardens! Even in the rain, we walked for a long time through the many varied gardens. We...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank 1121grays
Reviewed November 25, 2018

To be honest, I don't remember much about the castle. What I remember are the gardens!! They were lovely and we spend most of our time slowly strolling through. So many colors and varieties and they all smelled so good. Great gardens!

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank BL_adventure
Reviewed November 21, 2018

We were disappointed with the castle itself as it was fairly plain and boring on the outside, and not very impressive on the inside. The furnishings were bland, there didn’t seem to be a great deal of care taken as to who was who in...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank TheOldMacs
Reviewed November 17, 2018

What a great setting and beautiful place to visit. The castle was founded in the 13th century and expanded over the centuries. Eventually in the 19th century it was finished off as a mock medieval castle. For those who love castles, this is a great...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed November 14, 2018 via mobile

Went for tour of old castle and it’s garden. Enjoyed the trip but we missed the boat trip as it was raining and not in service.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Allison K
August 6, 2018|
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Response from DunveganCastle | Property representative |
Yes on a lead and please clean up any mess. Thank you
May 29, 2018|
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Response from MomNicoleM | Reviewed this property |
This attraction can accommodate a very large amount of people. You will not have a problem getting tickets at the location when you arrive. There is no way they would reach the limit for visitors at any one time. It's huge... More
September 22, 2017|
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On site is a good option and you should not have a problem with it being overly busy.
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Keith H
3 nights on Skye lodging and activities (1 Reply)
My wife and I are planning to be in Skye the end of June this year for 3 nights. Tentative plans are listed. Comments and suggestions are welcome please. Central Lodging -- Edinbane for 3 nights Day 1 Activities: Southern - Boat trip in Elgol. Talisker Distillery visit. Fairy Pool Waterfalls. Dine at Isle of Syke Oysters. Day 2 Activities: Northwest -- Neist Point Lighthouse. Dunvegan Castle and Gardens. Day 3 Activities: North -- Flora MacDonald's Gravesite. Isle of Skye Brewing...More
March 27, 2016|
Response fromScotlandmac|
I wasn't aware that Outlander has been filmed on parts of (but I've lost track of it a bit, so.....) Sights to see in the North of the island are the Quiraing and Old Man of Storr areas and simply driving the magnificent coastal route in between. Kilt Rock is worth a look but there are various stopping points en route to admire the stunning cliff/coastal scenery and views of the Torridon and Kintail mountains, as well as the Red and Black Cuillin.
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
First timer to Scotland. Help! (16 Replies)
I actually have a few questions. This is my first time traveling to Scotland and I am trying to jam pack our adventure. My best friend is a photographer so I really trying to plan stuff we want to see and that will make great photos. We are really interested in spotting some Highland Cows and sheep passing us on the road for that Scottish country feel. So here's what I have planned so far and then I'll ask my questions. Day one: Arrive in Edinburgh- (Hotel)Visit Prince Street, Gardens and...More
April 14, 2015|
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When yoh visit doune, travel on through calledar to kilmahog woolen mill and visit tge highland cows in the field, yoj will also pass many sheep and cows of all sorts during yojr trip