Dunrobin Castle and Gardens, Golspie

(4.6/5 based on 900+ reviews on the web)
With 189 rooms, Dunrobin Castle and Gardens is the biggest estate in the north of Scotland. Long the official home of the dukes of Sutherland, this imposing castle is often described as "the jewel in the crown of the Highlands." Though the site has its origins in the Middle Ages, most of the present buildings and gardens were added in the 19th century, with elements modeled on the work of French architect Viollet-le-Duc. The French influence extends into the gardens, which were inspired by the famous gardens at Versailles. The castle houses a museum of animal trophy heads, shot by the Sutherland family on various safaris, along with an important collection of archaeological artifacts. Stop by for the falconry display, held daily in the manicured gardens. Put Dunrobin Castle and Gardens into our Golspie travel itinerary planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Golspie.
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  • In contrast to most Scottish castles, this looks but rather filigree - like a sleeping beauty Castle. How can even the many reviews before me, I just join. An absolute must. Not only the Interior of the Castle, also the gardens, the falconry show and the Museum with the trophies of big game hunts are worth a visit.
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  • Dunrobin Castle has been called home to the Earls and Dukes of Sutherland since the 13th century and was first mentioned as a stronghold of the family in 1401. The gardens were laid out in 1850 by the...  more »
  • This castle is the most gorgeous castle I have ever visited, the gardens are meticulously maintained and the falconry display is informative and fun, the falconer obvioulsy cares very much about the b...  more »
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  • Although entry fees are not cheap, the castle is definitely worth a visit. The view of the castle itself from the front and from the grounds in the back, as well as the gardens themselves in the back, are breathtaking, and the furnished rooms inside the castle are very interesting to see (unfortunately, they don't let you take pictures inside). Make sure to plan your arrival at least half an hour before one of the two daily Falconry demonstrations (at 11:30 or 14:00), so that you can make your way down to the grounds and get a good seat before the show. That's definitely something you should not miss!
  • Gorgeous gardens, totally worth stopping. The bird show was GREAT, the museum was fascinating, and the food was terrible. Don't get an egg sandwich - they stuff the egg in front but behind it is 100% mayo. You're just eating mayo.
  • Beautiful castle to visit on the way to the northern part of the Scottish mainland. The inside of the castle isn't that specially, although some of the artifact and the books in the library are interesting to look at. The gardens and the outside of the castle are spectacular. Well worth spending most of your time wandering around the gardens.
  • Can't even take pictures....what's that about????...oh but you can take our money with no problems...rip off for what it is...very expensive...the falcon man was ok tho. Can't see the problem with taking personal pics to remember where you've been and what you've seen...it's not like I can't get pics of the inside of the building from off the Internet etc. Total joke....and the staff follow you round like hawks over your shoulder making you feel like you need to be rushed to the next room or that you are some kind of criminal.....I urge anyone that reads this don't go here a total waste of time and money....I've also found out from a reliable source the good comments on here are from people associated with the castle.
  • Grand castle with beautiful gardens. The falconry display was fascinating.