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Overview

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
Opening

2019

1st April – 15th October: Open daily 10am – 5.30pm (last entry 5pm).
All areas to be vacated by 5.45pm.

16 October – 31st March: Dunvegan Castle & Gardens is closed.

Find Us
Find us

Dunvegan Castle and Gardens are situated 1 mile north of the village of Dunvegan in the north west corner of Skye. 

Access by road can be made from Inverness (A82/A887) or Fort William (A82) on the A87 to Kyle of Lochalsh.

Trains run from Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh or Fort William to Mallaig after which local transport will be required.

Parking

Car park on site

  • Free

Admission
Admission

Historic Houses members visit for free.

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

More admission details

Accessibility
Accessibility
  • Guide dogs welcome
  • Wheelchair ramps/routes
  • Accessible toilets
  • Accessible parking
  • Hearing loops
Group Visits
Group Visits

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

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


A word from the owner

I live and work at the castle for part of the year - keeping up the tradition as the longest continuously inhabited castle by the same family for 800 years. I hope you enjoy your visit.
Hugh MacLeod

Fun Facts

The famous "Fairy Flag of Dunvegan" is one of the clan MacLeod's most treasured possessions.  Legend has it that this sacred clan banner has miraculous powers. When unfurled in battle, the clan would invariably snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.

 


Weddings

Dunvegan Castle and Gardens is the perfect venue to celebrate your wedding on the Isle of Skye.

Set in glorious surroundings, Dunvegan is a place where history and a warm Highland Welcome combine to offer the very best in the region.

Our experienced team take great pride in the high quality level of service they provide and are always on hand to assist with preparations.

Facilities

  • Guest parking
  • Accessible parking

Corporate Hire

Corporate events

At Dunvegan Castle and Gardens, we offer award-winning Highland hospitality for every occasion. 

Whether you are looking to hold a corporate event or a private celebration with us, our Team will assist you from the planning stages through to the event to ensure your experience is a memorable one.

Facilities

  • Accessible toilets
  • Plentiful parking