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Dunvegan Castle & Gardens, Dunvegan

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Garden Castle
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. For travelers who use our custom trip planner, Isle of Skye holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Dunvegan Castle & Gardens and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • Those travelers that are on the Scottish clans history trail should stop by Dunvegan Castle & Gardens because it is definitely worth a look around. There is a reasonable door charge for both the groun...  more »
  • This is a lovely castle to visit, I liked that the family still live there, gave it a sense of the "real" for me. Plenty to see inside, the fairy flag is a must, as is looking for the 17 keys that are...  more »
  • This castle is a beautiful home that is currently lived in part time by the 30th Chief of the Clan MacLeod. I will obviously be a little more partial to it, as I am of the MacLeod ancestry. The home i...  more »
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  • The price seems a bit steep until you walk through the gardens. Then you realize it was 100% worth it. The castle and it's history are interesting on its own, but the grounds are exceptional. The round garden is a beauty, the walled garden is even better and the water garden is flat out spectacular. Truly. It was so beautiful. I wish we had more time to take it all in. I would allow for at least an hour for the grounds alone. But that's just my opinion.
  • A must-see, and don't skip the seal boat trip! The gardens on the castle grounds are very nice -- if you like flowers, make sure to see the walled garden, but I particularly liked the water garden. The whole thing is so picturesque, every photo you take is postcard-worthy... The inside of the castle itself is worth a quick visit, but luckily it doesn't add too much to the price over the grounds ticket alone, as there isn't too much to see inside. When you buy tickets for the grounds or castle, you're entitled to reduced price tickets for seal boat trips (which depart from a pier on the grounds). Do not skip this, it was the highlight of our visit! They take up to 7 people out at a time on a small motorboat for a 25-min tour. There are 4 boats so they go out every 20 min -- but they can be booked up a few tours ahead, so head down here to reserve a spot as soon as you enter the grounds, so that if you have to wait 1-2 hours until your boat trip, you can take advantage of the time to see the grounds and/or castle. The water can get a little choppy, so be aware that you may get wet, but you'll see PLENTY of seals so it's definitely worth it!
  • The castle was boring and unimpressive. The road we took to get there was far nicer than the destination. Price too high to be bothered. The garden is nice, but not breathtaking.
  • A beautiful castle with lovely grounds to walk dogs. Walked miles round them. The seal boat ride was real value for money and interesting. Cant get the information about the dungeons out my mind.
  • This was our first Castle experience and it didn't disappoint. The furnishings, the history, the displays were interesting and informative. We loved the gardens and enjoyed talking with one of the gardeners, too. (I am also a gardener). Really loved the rock waterfalls he designed. We also went on the Seal boat trip which was fun.