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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 trip tool and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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Dunrobin Castle and Gardens Reviews
Esther VAugust 18, 2017
An excellent visit. Helpful castle staff made the visit interesting although I would have enjoyed having more written information about some of the rooms. I loved the nursery. The start of our visit w... more »
Marco TAugust 17, 2017
E' valsa la pena di prendere un treno da Inverness e arrivare fino alla piccola stazione (a richiesta) di Dunrobin castle, anche se, per evitare di tornare molte ore dopo, al ritorno ci siamo dovuti s... more »It's worth it to take a train from Inverness and reach the small station (on request) of Dunrobin castle, though, to avoid returning several hours later, the return we had to cope with a long walk on a trail not far from the waterfront, not exciting village of Golspin. The castle is beautiful, both in construction and in richly furnished rooms you can visit (most private owners, is the residence of the powerful Dukes of Sutherland), but no less beautiful are the gardens and especially the falconry held at 11.30 and at 14; three quarters of an hour of interesting and pleasant. Also worth visiting the Museum inside, despite those who, like us, detests hunting watching countless stuffed beasts heads can only cause discomfort or worse. What ennobles this museum is the collection of Pictish rods, which has some of the highest quality. There are also other interesting testimonies of the various periods (the Dukes were great collectors), but the arrangement of the cases is rather messy.
Stu TAugust 17, 2017
Take your time with this place. Walk round rooms that are available to see, there is staff on hand to help out with any questions. It can be a very busy place and hard to get parked. Can highly recomm... more »
Margaret McguiganJuly 17, 2017
I have never seen anything quite like this. It's absolutely breathtaking. Beautiful views over the sea, beautiful gardens, and please visit the little museum with it too. It's fascinating. It has lots of taxidermy animals and other ancient treasures.
Jamie NathanJune 21, 2017
Stunning Castle. The gardens are beautiful. The falconry display was impressive. The onsite museum gives an insight of the extensive travel and collecting the family has done. Best castle I have seen. The cafe is brilliant. 5 star.
Andrew ComfortJune 6, 2017
Once the home of the Earl of Sunderland, you can walk around the landscaped gardens and explore the house too. They have a small cafe with a limited selection of food and drink. Well worth stopping in if you're in the area. Great views towards the sea and beach.
Matthew CalderwoodJuly 4, 2017
The castle was very interesting and the gardens were very nice. Also watched the bird show and that was very good. It was quite expensive to get in though, the castle is not dun - robin yet! 😂
Tamar MartinApril 21, 2017
While most visitors spend only an hour at Dunrobin, my husband and I thoroughly enjoyed an entire day. We arrived before the opening, and enjoyed looking at the architecture in greater detail than if we had simply breezed past on way to greater sights. We enjoyed a leisurely wander through the castle, not simply looking at objects and admiring the wealth of a great family, but having time to study the design, and appreciate that these are a family's possessions. The floral arrangements throughout featured items from the castle gardens, and were exquisite. We enjoyed the morning falconry display so much that we decided to lunch on premises and stay for the afternoon show and stay for the afternoon presentation. The light, fresh fare at the cafe was perfect for us, followed by a browse through the gift shop ( we made our actual purchases at end of day to avoid carrying items). Then, on to the gardens, where I found inspirations for my garden at home, to be implemented on a much smaller scale. The African rhubarb towering overhead was something I'd never could have imagined, looking at my petite specimen at home. Formal gardens as well as casual offered opportunities to stroll and learn. The resident cat was charming, a virtual twin of my furry friend at home. The falconry display was amazing, and so educational! The falconer (Colin?) referred to the raptor food as "chicken McNuggets ", and had children mesmerized. He entertained youngsters, educated adults, and acted truly in partnership with the birds in his care. The blinding speed of a falcon or eagle, compared to the silent , deadly glide of an owl just overhead must be experienced to be appreciated . I write this 2 years after my visit, and I am still enchanted by all that Dunrobin Castle has to offer.
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