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Dunvegan Castle & Gardens

A hidden oasis of gardens around this medieval fortress and mansion.

Dunvegan, Isle of Skye, IV55 8WF

Dunvegan Castle in Scotland
Free for members
Facilities
  • Accessible loos
  • Accessible parking
  • Cafe / restaurant
  • Facilities for children
  • Free parking
  • Garden only
  • Mostly wheelchair accessible
  • Pet friendly
  • Shop
Accessibility

Admission is free of charge for visitors who are registered disabled; any companions are required to purchase a ticket.

We have approx. six disabled parking spaces in the car park, and the castle is an approx 3 minute walk away.

The castle has a number of steps to enter, and there are a number of steps within the building, so depending on your mobility, you may choose to visit our gardens alone. However, we do offer an armchair tour via a tablet, from the Flower Room, located just off the entrance to the castle.

The seal boats are about 1-2min walk from the castle. The seal boat trips cannot be booked in advance due to the unpredictability of the weather, and operate on a first-come, first-served basis, payable locally, to ensure the best visitor experience. The trips operate using a traditional clinker boat, which may or may not be suitable depending on your mobility. Check our website for further info on seal boat trips.

More information on accessibility can be found on our website.

Visit the house's website
for the latest information.

Any visit to the Isle of Skye would be incomplete without savouring the wealth of history offered by Dunvegan Castle & Gardens, with its 5* grading from Visit Scotland.

Built on a rocky outcrop on the shores of Loch Dunvegan, Dunvegan is the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Scotland and has been the ancestral home of the Chiefs of Clan MacLeod for 800 years.

On display are many fine oil paintings and clan treasures, the most famous of which is the Fairy Flag. Legend has it that this sacred Banner has miraculous powers and when unfurled in battle, the clan MacLeod would invariably defeat their enemies.

Another of the castle’s great treasures is the Dunvegan Cup, a unique ‘mazer’ dating back to the Middle Ages. It was gifted by the O’Neils of Ulster as a token of thanks to one of the clan’s most celebrated Chiefs, Sir Rory Mor, for his support of their cause against the marauding forces of Queen Elizabeth I of England in 1596.

Visitors can enjoy tours of an extraordinary castle and Highland estate steeped in history and clan legend, delight in the beauty of its formal gardens, take a boat trip onto Loch Dunvegan to see the seal colony, charter one of its traditionally built clinker boats for a fishing trip or Loch cruise, stay in one of its charming holiday cottages, enjoy an appetising meal at the MacLeods Table Cafe or browse in one of its shops.

There is a wealth of activities in the area ranging from walking, fishing and sightseeing to fine local cuisine, arts and craft and camping at the estate’s Glenbrittle Campsite at the foot of the majestic Cuillin mountain range.

For further information please contact us at groups@dunvegancastle.com.

Opening Times

2022

1 April – 15 October annually.

We are open daily 10am – 5.30pm (last entry 5pm). All areas to be vacated by 5.45pm. We reserve the right to change these opening hours or to restrict public access at any time without notice.

Please note: The information on the Historic Houses website is advisory, but please always check the website of the house or garden you intend to visit before travelling.

See their website to double check their opening times

Admission

Historic Houses members visit for free.

Adult: £14.00
Child (5-15 yrs): £9.00
Family ticket (2 adults, 4 children): £34.00

 

Private tour rates are available on request; please email groups@dunvegancastle.com

We remain available to discuss exclusive tailor-made options.

Group Visits

We extend a warm highland welcome to group visits with discounted rates available for groups of 10 or more people.

For further information please contact us on groups@dunvegancastle.com.

Accessibility

Admission is free of charge for visitors who are registered disabled; any companions are required to purchase a ticket.

We have approx. six disabled parking spaces in the car park, and the castle is an approx 3 minute walk away.

The castle has a number of steps to enter, and there are a number of steps within the building, so depending on your mobility, you may choose to visit our gardens alone. However, we do offer an armchair tour via a tablet, from the Flower Room, located just off the entrance to the castle.

The seal boats are about 1-2min walk from the castle. The seal boat trips cannot be booked in advance due to the unpredictability of the weather, and operate on a first-come, first-served basis, payable locally, to ensure the best visitor experience. The trips operate using a traditional clinker boat, which may or may not be suitable depending on your mobility. Check our website for further info on seal boat trips.

More information on accessibility can be found on our website.

Visit the house's website
for the latest information.

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