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
  • Cafe / restaurant
  • Facilities for children
  • Free parking
  • Pet friendly
  • Shop
  • Guide dogs welcome
  • Wheelchair ramps/routes
  • Accessible toilets
  • Accessible parking
  • Hearing loops
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.

Opening Times


1 April – mid 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.

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Historic Houses members visit for free.

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

Group Visits

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

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  • Guide dogs welcome
  • Wheelchair ramps/routes
  • Accessible toilets
  • Accessible parking
  • Hearing loops
Visit the house's website
for the latest information.

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