Dunvegan Castle & Gardens, Isle of Skye

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As the home of the MacLeod clan for more than 800 years, Dunvegan Castle & Gardens stands as the longest-inhabited castle in Scotland. Perched on a rocky outcrop along Loch Dunvegan, the castle features both a large collection of art and colorful gardens. Take a tour to see oil paintings and artifacts such as the famous Fairy Flag banner inside, and diverse plants, wooded glades, and waterfall-fed pools in the 2 hectares (5 acres) of formal gardens outside. Venture onto the loch aboard a boat to see the local seal colony or to cast a line for fish. Nearby campgrounds and cottages offer accommodation if you wish to extend your stay in the area. Put Dunvegan Castle & Gardens and other Isle of Skye attractions into our Isle of Skye trip planner, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • The castle was closed due to Covid but I decided to have a look at the outside and the gardens as I was on Skye. The car park has a cafe which was closed when I went although the toilets and large....  more »
  • Lovely place to visit. Beautiful castle and delightful and well maintained gardens. Not to be missed.  more »
  • A great walk around the gardens and surroundings for the last day of the season. Unfortunately due to Covid did not get inside the castle so will need to return. Amazing space and nice photos in the.....  more »
  • We did not do the castle, just the gardens. But the gardens were terrific. Nice paths and variety of plantings. And we still got some good photos of the outside of the castle. Parking can be a challenge so you might park in the village and walk up (a mile?). Good cafe at the castle car park
  • Home of the McLeod clan for ~800 years - possibly the longest of any Scottish stronghold. Do not skip this. This place is fabulous. The castle itself is reminiscent of legends. Walking up to it you can picture ancient scenes and modern fiction taking place there. (It’s hard not to think of Game of Thrones). Inside, it’s surprisingly cozy. It’s still inhabited by the family; the dining room and other attractions are still used for large events. Museum rooms are impressive. The collection of Jacobite artifacts is shockingly extensive. The gift shops (parking lot and basement) are nicer than most you’ll encounter - with tasteful keepsakes including Lochcarron blankets (‘rugs’). Gardens are spectacular. Parking lot is much better than most attractions on Skye. Cafe is solid. Lines move quickly. Rest rooms are nice.
  • Great castle! Great location! Lovely gardens! The restaurant was very good value for money and food tasty! The castle is well worth a visit!! The seals on the rocks are worth the boat trip out to them or if you are brave, walk out onto the rocks, but you dont get as close.
  • Amazing gardens, some of the most varied I have ever seen. Water Garden, walled garden, you name it. The castle itself houses some very interesting historical artifacts connected to the life of the clan. Things like the fairy flag and a traditional drinking horn, which each new chef must try to drink everything from.
  • Beautifully maintained castle with quite an intersting museum, the gardens are nice but personally I wouldn't have paid for those. Pricing is okay considering how much they charge for Urquhart Castle. The view is absolutely great. The castle is still in use so only parts are accessible to the public.

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