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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 | Isle of Skye, Dunvegan IV55 8WF, Scotland
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 Gray S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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
Thank John A
Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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
Thank Jaisya
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We recommend a visit, particularly if you enjoy gardens and history. I loved the gardens which even include a reasonably sized waterfall. The interior of the castle is a bit tired in parts. Other reviews recommend the boat trip added on to see the seal...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank NotMolly
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

My husband and I have travelled her twice. Love the beauty and the lay out of the land and all around love the story of Dunvegan Castle and the MacLeod history. Highly recommend a visit. Very hospitable staff and beautiful gardens. We will return.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Linda R
Reviewed November 8, 2018 via mobile

Don’t miss the seal boat trip. It is an extra £7.50 but was the highlight of our visit. Hundreds of seals! It takes about 30 minutes to circle the lake in a little open motor dinghy (no frills here!) with a life jacket supplied. Coming...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed November 5, 2018

A lot of castles are beautiful on the outside but this one has more to offer than most, on the inside. Gorgeous paintings of the clan through the centuries. Every room is fully decorated. Worth the trip out there!

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank JKKJ2015
Reviewed November 2, 2018

What an amazing experience finding Dunvegan Castle and Gardens, the location is spectacular, the gardens are truly stunning and the castle has such a great atmosphere, so warm and welcoming. Highly recommend, so worth the visit.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Allison K
August 6, 2018|
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Yes on a lead and please clean up any mess. Thank you
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May 29, 2018|
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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
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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 Replies)
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.
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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