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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  • We didn’t visit castle but the gardens were a joy. Allow at least 1-2 hours for a visit and enjoy all the corners of the different gardens. They’ve been beautifully designed and maintained. Nice... 
    We didn’t visit castle but the gardens were a joy. Allow at least 1-2 hours for a visit and enjoy all the corners of the different gardens. They’ve been beautifully designed and maintained. Nice...  more »
  • Great small Castle. The gardens are beautiful first time I’ve ever seen blue poppies. Very well maintained lots of hard work gone into it. Spent a couple of hours here but on a nice day you could... 
    Great small Castle. The gardens are beautiful first time I’ve ever seen blue poppies. Very well maintained lots of hard work gone into it. Spent a couple of hours here but on a nice day you could...  more »
  • The history of the castle is very interesting. The location of the property close to the water gives tge castle stuning views. The story around the fairy flag is very interesting and it's nice to... 
    The history of the castle is very interesting. The location of the property close to the water gives tge castle stuning views. The story around the fairy flag is very interesting and it's nice to...  more »
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  • Great place to visit on a rainy day for the castle, the gardens looked lovely but we gave them a miss due to the weather. We looked around the rooms on our own as cards in different languages were available for visitors to read. Don't miss out on the video presentation downstairs as this provided a potted history of the castle and the clan. Interesting few hours spent here. Car park is free and has loos. There is also a pleasant cafe serving good and drinks.
  • 10/10 highly recommend stopping here. Give yourself at least 2 hours to see everything but you could easily spend 3 hours if the weather is nice. The gardens are absolutely beautiful, even early in the season(we visited in early April). There is so much to see, and you must see it all. The castle is incredible, and we'll maintained but still has so much history to read about. It's a great value in comparison to other castles around Scotland.
  • £12 just for the gardens is too much
  • Well worth a visit. Lovely castle and grounds. Good information on castle tour. Lots of steps. Gardens glorious and will be even better in a couple of weeks as rhododendron not yet st their best.
  • Lots to explore here. Lots of artifacts etc in the castle, but I would have liked more history on the castle itself. The gardens are well maintained. Several sections - walled garden which is very picturesque and colourful, rhododendron which I think I went at the wrong time of year for, and there's a woodland bit which has quite a few interactive info things for kids. Cafe and gift shop is in the car park, cafe was very busy but served great food. My visit was peak lunch hours and did have to wait a long time, but staff were very apologetic and I could see it was very busy so didn't mind too much

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