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Dunvegan Castle & Gardens

Immaculately-kept castle gardens perched on a rugged shoreline.

  • 4.3

  • from 5345 Google reviews

Dunvegan Castle and Gardens
Dunvegan Castle and Gardens

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About the garden

A tranquil haven amid Skye’s wild, rugged landscape. Step into the elegant castle gardens at Dunvegan and discover five acres of immaculate grounds and a romantic castle, like no other. There’s a dedicated team of 5 gardeners working year round to keep this plot in great condition, with special open days to highlight particular features like snowdrops and spring bulbs.

Amble over ornate bridges in the Water Garden, where tranquil ponds are surrounded by a huge variety of colourful flowers and herbaceous plants. See the impressive Japanese Holly centrepiece in the more formal Round Garden, before wandering around the Walled Garden, with its 17th-century sundial and ‘Dunvegan Pebble’ sculpture. Then get a glimpse of the castle and Dunvegan Loch on the shady Woodland Walk.

Around 30,000 of the estate’s half-hardy plants are grown from cuttings – find out more about them in the Garden Museum before grabbing a tasty bite to eat in the Macleod Tables Café. Or explore Dunvegan Castle itself, home to the Clan Macleod for over 800 years.

Opening times

1 Apr (or Easter if earlier) - mid Oct Monday - Sunday 10AM - 5.30PM

Useful details

Garden area

5 Acres

Dog walking

Yes - Dogs on leads.

Cafe or restaurant

No cafe or restaurant on site


Yes - Children of all ages.

Wheelchair access

Mostly accessible (many paths flat and paved).


Yes - There is a gift shop.

Highland, IV55 8WF

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Dunvegan Castle & Gardens
IV55 8WF
Sat Nav Postcode
IV55 8WF
Public Transport
Bus from Portree.
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Google reviews

  • 4.3

  • from 5345 Google reviews

Andrew Scrugham

7 months ago


Beautiful castle overall. The inside is quite limited and you should not go in expecting a museum because it is not exactly that, rather traditional items, photos, and furniture, some of which are labeled. Not bad displays, just different than many of the other castles in Scotland. Plenty of free parking which is a huge plus, and the gardens are well maintained and magnificent. Overall a solid experience and stop.

David Robinson

4 months ago


It's a fabulous location for the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Scotland. There are plenty of interesting things to look at in the interior and the gardens were a real surprise, and much more extensive and formal than we were inspecting. There's a spacious cafe too. Definitely worth a visit.

Andy Gavin

6 months ago


A can’t miss if you are on the Isle of Skye. Dunvegan Castle and it’s surrounding gardens are beautiful. Dunvegan is one of the nicest castles I have ever been to. It isn’t stark, and it isn’t gaudy. It’s hard not to appreciate how much time and effort went into everything here. From the construction, the furniture, finish work, garden, etc. This properties upkeep must be an incredible undertaking. I have a large appreciation for fine woodworking and finish carpentry. There is certainly no shortage of impressive craftsmanship here. The gardens don’t disappoint either. Definitely worth checking out if time and weather permits for you. You probably want to give yourself at least 3 hours if you plan to see it all. We visited on a Sunday afternoon. I’m sure that helped with cutting down on some of the crowd. Parking was easy, and we even grabbed a quick bite at the cafe before heading in. I was appreciative of that being there.

Yaron Wexler

3 months ago


A nice castle, good activity when it rains outside. The gardens doesn’t look really maintained so I would recommend to focus on the castle itself. From the outside the castle doesn’t look as nice as other Scottish castles, but the inside of the castle is beautiful and interesting, showing nice exhibitions of the lives and legacy of the McLeod chiefs

thomas langlas

3 months ago


The castle is quite historically interesting and full of well preserved furniture, books and paintings. The gardens, however, are worth the visit alone. We spent almost as much time in the gardens as the castle, and it was raining! The surrounding countryside is also picturesque. Worth a visit.

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01470 521206

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