Dunrobin Castle and Gardens, Golspie

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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  • 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 »
  • 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.
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  • 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 »
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  • I've waited many a year to visit Dunrobin and I wasn't disappointed. It is a stunning building especially from the coastal view. The Castle has many features including a museum that has pictish stone engravings and many stuffed animals( these might not be politically correct now but they are of an age when this was acceptable). The highlight of the day was the Falconry display. The handler was very knowledgeable and made the display interesting and very enjoyable. We also ate at the tearoom which was very reasonable and served excellent meals. Can thoroughly recommend.
  • Beautiful castle and gardens. Inside are interesting exhibits with insightful descriptions. A small tearoom provides refreshments and the views across the water are stunning.
  • Stunning! This place needs a full day to visit - make sure you give yourself enough time. Don't be fooled by everyone parking on the drive, a long way from the castle. There are probably plenty of spaces in the car park directly in front of the castle itself. If you drive down and there are no spaces, simply loop back around (it has a one-way system).
  • Amazing castle and grounds! Falconry display was brilliant; informative and fun. Cafe was also very nice, lots of options.
  • Lovely castle and grounds. The rooms are all very interesting as are the stories of the family. I would have loved to have known Dutchess Millicent Sutherland. The shop closes too early and people are politely refused entry. That needs to stay open until the castle closes. Gardens are very nice. We missed the falconry display which is put on twice daily.

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