Dunvegan Castle & Gardens, Dunvegan

3.9
#1 of 9 in Historic Sites in Isle of Skye
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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  • The history of the Macleod family is fascinating and the seat of the clan chief has been at Dunvegan for some 700 years. Whilst, the castle is not as extensive, as some others in Scotland, it is well ...  more »
  • Lovely gardens and very interesting historical articfacts throughout the castle. Fabulous views across Loch Dunvegan. Toilets may be a problem for people with a disability as they are down a few stair...  more »
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  • We did not do the castle, just the gardens. But the gardens were terrific. Nice paths and variety of plantings. And we still got some good photos of the outside of the castle. Parking can be a challenge so you might park in the village and walk up (a mile?). Good cafe at the castle car park
  • Home of the McLeod clan for ~800 years - possibly the longest of any Scottish stronghold. Do not skip this. This place is fabulous. The castle itself is reminiscent of legends. Walking up to it you can picture ancient scenes and modern fiction taking place there. (It’s hard not to think of Game of Thrones). Inside, it’s surprisingly cozy. It’s still inhabited by the family; the dining room and other attractions are still used for large events. Museum rooms are impressive. The collection of Jacobite artifacts is shockingly extensive. The gift shops (parking lot and basement) are nicer than most you’ll encounter - with tasteful keepsakes including Lochcarron blankets (‘rugs’). Gardens are spectacular. Parking lot is much better than most attractions on Skye. Cafe is solid. Lines move quickly. Rest rooms are nice.
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