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Dunvegan Castle & Gardens

Immaculately-kept castle gardens perched on a rugged shoreline.

  • 4.3

  • from 5249 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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Find the garden

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

  • 4.3

  • from 5249 Google reviews

Erica Hill

5 months ago


10/10 highly recommend stopping here. Give yourself at least 2 hours to see everything but you could easily spend 3 hours if the weather is nice. The gardens are absolutely beautiful, even early in the season(we visited in early April). There is so much to see, and you must see it all. The castle is incredible, and we'll maintained but still has so much history to read about. It's a great value in comparison to other castles around Scotland.

Yu Ching Lau

4 months ago


One of the best castles we have been to in Scotland! Hadn’t expected to visit this castle but it was on our way to Neist Point Lighthouse so decided to give it a go. We were pleasantly surprised at how beautiful it is, both inside and out! Castle staff were friendly and gave good information. Displays were excellent, and showed both the lives of the upstairs and downstairs. The gardens were really lovely, and we spent a good 2 hours walking and exploring the grounds. Good variety of plants with really romantic names given to each of these plants. The seal tour was unfortunately closed due to the weather. Would love to come back again to do the seal tour.

peter barnwell

4 months ago


Great place to visit on a rainy day for the castle, the gardens looked lovely but we gave them a miss due to the weather. We looked around the rooms on our own as cards in different languages were available for visitors to read. Don't miss out on the video presentation downstairs as this provided a potted history of the castle and the clan. Interesting few hours spent here. Car park is free and has loos. There is also a pleasant cafe serving good and drinks.

Andrew Scrugham

3 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

in the last week


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.

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01470 521206

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