Dunvegan Castle and Gardens



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Dunvegan Castle is the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Scotland and has been the stronghold of the chiefs of Clan MacLeod for 800 years. Originally designed to keep people out, it was first opened to visitors in 1933. Romantic, historic and steeped in Clan legend, the castle is set amid stunning scenery and beautiful formal gardens. Visitors can browse the many lovely items in the Gift Shops, enjoy light refreshments in the MacLeod Tables Cafe, or take a Sealboat trip during their visit. Also on the Estate are five beautiful traditional self catering cottages, which can be booked via their website.

Dunvegan Castle and Gardens
DUNVEGAN,Isle of Skye,IV55 8WF


  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Parking onsite
  • Parking nearby
  • Cafe
  • Facilities: Café has ramps for wheelchair access. Gift shop has portable ramp available.
  • Accessible toilets
Opening times
  • Opening Times: Open Apr to 15 Oct, daily 10am–5.30pm (last entry 5pm) please visit our website for current information

About the area

Discover Highland

Apart from the Orkneys and the Shetlands, Highland is Scotland’s northernmost county. Probably its most famous feature is the mysterious and evocative Loch Ness, allegedly home to an ancient monster that has embedded itself in the world’s modern mythology, and the region’s tourist industry. Monster or no, Loch Ness is beautiful and it contains more water than all the lakes and reservoirs in England and Wales put together. The loch is 24 miles long, one mile wide and 750 feet deep, making it one of the largest bodies of fresh water in Europe. 

At the very tip of the Highlands is John o’ Groats, said to be named after a Dutchman, Jan de Groot, who lived here in the early 16th century and operated a ferry service across the stormy Pentland Firth to Orkney. In fact, the real northernmost point of the British mainland is Dunnet Head, whose great cliffs rise imposingly above the Pentland Firth some two miles further north than John o’ Groats.

The Isle of Skye is the largest and best known of the Inner Hebrides. Its name is Norse, meaning ‘isle of clouds’, and the southwestern part of the island has some of the heaviest rainfall on the whole of the British coast. Despite this, it’s the most visited of all the islands of the Inner Hebrides. It’s dominated from every view by the high peaks of the Cuillins, which were only conquered towards the end of the 19th century. 

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