Dunvegan Castle & Gardens
Dunvegan Castle & Gardens
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Any visit to the Isle of Skye is incomplete without enjoying the wealth of history and clan legend at 5* Dunvegan Castle & Gardens. 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. Award winning gardens, seal boat trips, cafe, gift shops and holiday cottages. For more information about our opening times, admission prices, speical events and exhibitions, please visit our website.
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  • John W
    Boston, Massachusetts22 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Truly a memorable day!
    Truly a step back in time with a welcoming staff happy to share fascinating details and answer any questions. The entire castle is beautifully maintained with respect to history and clan. Portraits going back centuries and furnishings that recall the wealthy day to day life. Stunning location overlooking an inlet with panoramic views and gardens and arboretum a pleasure to stroll. Boat rides too and gift shop too! Close to Neist Point for another memorable stop that day.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written July 25, 2023
  • Voyager10571956772
    10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing seal tour
    The castle grounds were amazing, lovely to wander around and see all the produce and unusual plants. Our highlight was the seal tour lead by Mark. He was so informative and welcoming. His passion for wildlife and for the area really came across. He answered all our questions and made it such a memorable experience. We felt safe and comfortable and very welcome.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written August 5, 2023
  • Nct C
    30 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting gardens and castle in a great location
    Lovely gardens with plenty of interest, good information in the castle. Amazing location overlooking the Loch. Friendly welcoming staff. Could be more disability friendly with the addition of a handrail on the castle steps. Cafe served great coffee and yummy cakes. Bathrooms clean.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written August 7, 2023
  • Keaton
    27 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely garden bit pricey £14
    Only did the gardens bit as we had a wee doggy with us. The gardens are lovely and well kept. Lovely different parts. The only thing let's it down is that I believe £14 for a ticket to go see the gardens is a bit steep. They are not massive and can walk around everything within an hour and a half.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written August 11, 2023
  • Reed
    Orlando, Florida2,431 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not that exciting
    While it wasn’t “bad” per se, it was probably the least interesting castle or manor home that we saw while we were in the UK. It somewhat skates along as the home of the Clan MacLeod but I’m not sure it would get many visitors if it wasn’t for that. Very little museum type info through the estate and won’t take more than an hour to see. I’m not sure I would go out of my way to experience.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written August 17, 2023
  • Gabriele O
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful visit
    Wonderful castle and garden, lots of care and attention to detail. However the best thing is the seal trip: you get to observe the seal colony at close quarters. Mark our guide was informative and welcoming, and very passionate about the area.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written August 26, 2023
  • Marty & Pippa
    Chorley, United Kingdom168 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice castle and gardens- worth a visit on a sunny day
    We came here during our family holiday to Skye and after reading the reviews decided to give it a go. We started with the castle itself which was nice, and there was lots of interesting historical stuff inside, however, it was really quite busy and therefore we felt a bit cramped and like we had to move along with the crown to let others see rather than being able to take our time looking around. From the website I got the impression we could see more of the castle than what we actually could, but it was still a nice place to visit. Outside the weather was dire but we walked around the gardens and took in the views. I would say we were here for less than two hours but if the weather was good we would have spent a longer time here picnic-ing in the gardens as we had planned.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written August 28, 2023
  • NCtravelz
    Raleigh, North Carolina1,742 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pretty stop
    Pretty castle and gardens with free parking. The castle is an extra 2 pounds and worth it. The displays are interesting, and each room has a laminated explanation. The garden was very diverse. We skipped the seal tour.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written September 8, 2023
  • Gwyneth B
    Knaresborough, United Kingdom22 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun trip
    We really enjoyed the visit. The gardens were well kept and had an interesting range of plants and there is a lovely conservatory with cacti and succulents. The castle was enjoyable with a self guided walk though a series of rooms and helpful staff, The highlight for us though was the seal boat trip which would get a solid 5 ! Our guide Mark was fantastic. Enthusiastic, informative and it was worth the money before we even saw the seals and we saw a lot. We were able to go close as it didn’t bother the seals at all so I got some wonderful photos too. Thanks to Mark from Lee and Gwen 😁
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written September 15, 2023
  • Nozzille
    Norfolk, United Kingdom94 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is a long way to go, so please give a welcome to your visitors!!
    This is a stunning castle location, but it could do better: considering it is a ‘homecoming’ for all McLeods, the gift shops dont do enough to leverage the clan products, or other local items. The cafe is simply awful, and food about the standard of a motorway cafe. Unfortunately, there arent too many options close by. The car park has expanded but has not been tarmaced. Come on McLeods, you can do better!
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written September 21, 2023
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Sam C
2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Family
The castle lacked imagination and should have been more interactive. Children were crying and wanting to go home as it was so dull. The cafe was even worse as it had a limited range of sandwiches which tasted bland and were extortionate and there were only 3 tables which were outside and there were bins were nowhere to be seen. Not worth it and I do not recommend to anyone of the age that can still walk by themselves however there is no wheelchair access either. The service was atrocious and I will not be back even on a trip with the nursing home
Written July 29, 2021
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StevenTristanYoung
San Francisco, CA149 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019
Stopped by this castle and really enjoyed how they set up the entire visitor experience. It wasn’t just “Here’s a castle, see the inside” but they really went out of their way to show you how the owners (and prior owners) lived and breathed inside the castle. The inclusion of current McRae family memorability highlighted how this castle is still a home for a family; despite its grand feeling. The views from outside of the castle are stunning, especially if you get it on a sunny day.
Written May 10, 2020
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Lynn B
Arbroath, UK11 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021
This was an absolute rip off. There is clearly no effort to make this interesting or inspiring to visit, the state of the building and visitor facilities are poor, and the ? staff appeared totally disinterested. It in no way felt welcoming and visit took all of 30 minutes for which we paid £33. We were also informed there was no on site cafe or restaurant due to supposed inability to get staff, and toilet facilities were abysmal. All in all, a terrible experience and would discourage others from spending cash on this
Written September 30, 2021
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kirbenny
Norfolk, UK21 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Family
We're not one to spend out on excursions whilst holidaying, but constant wet weather forced us to find respite somewhere!

A short walk from the free parking led us through some of the castle gardens to the grand castle.

The welcoming lady who took our tickets asked our 3 year old if she'd be able to hunt for some hidden keys which appeased her throughout the tour of the castle (we found 5!).

It was a one way system but people were still going back on themselves, which wasn't a problem for us, but can get a bit tight through some areas.

Lots of different artifacts and bits on display but we've really zero knowledge of what we were truly looking at but still good to have a look.

Our little girl loved looking down into the dungeon where there was a 'prisoner'.... quite eary!

When we exited, we told the lady our key finds and my child was rewarded with a bouncy ball which she loved, which was a really nice touch.

We were probably in the castle no more than 35 minutes and that was us dragging it out.

We then proceeded into the gardens which were lovely to wander around but the rain soon forced us back into the car.

Three stars just because of the duration versus entry cost but this could easily be extended in good weather in the gardens.
Written April 6, 2022
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MDMcK
Scotland, UK1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Couples
Dunvegan Castle was disappointing. Having purchased an online ticket prior to our visit, had to queue for 30 to 35 minutes in the rain before gaining entry to the castle. Once inside there was very poor information on the Macleod family. What was there was in very small font and difficult to read. No information on the historical background to the castle, or on the Macleod Clan. Very ordinary display of the rooms with nothing standing out as exceptional. Would not overly recommend.
Written June 15, 2021
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Shrinkie
South East16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Family
Fantastic afternoon out, beautiful gardens especially the walled garden. Lovely walks and views over the Loch. The castle itself was so informative and a pleasure to walk around. My 8 and 11 year olds enjoyed it too. Cafe shuts early so be warned as we had two disappointed children who were promised ice cream. Lots of parking, clean toilets. All in all a great day. Only downside is £34 for a family of four to go on the seal watching boat trip was very pricey after already spending £34 to get in, the ‘boat’ is a teeny tiny wooden vessel barely big enough for 6 people and looked a bit rickety so we didn’t go on that.
Written August 17, 2021
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Catherinetas
Devonport168 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Couples
Parts of the castle are still in use by the family while others are managed as museum exhibits. Brief local and ancestral history is depicted on the walls, sometimes with brutal honesty.
Outside the gardens are quite lovely.
It was almost too nice on a warm sunny day to get a sense of the hardships this place experienced in the past.
Very popular, arrive early to secure a carpark.
Written April 14, 2020
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Kevin S
Cornwall, UK5 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Family
Whilst visiting I found out that the owners employ staff who are not qualified to do the job that they are hired for e.g. boatmen who can't swim and are responsible for passengers' safety.
When their staff intimidate CHILDREN and swear at members of the public in front of children the owners take no action - instead continue to think that they are lord of all that they survey.
They charge extortionate prices to look around their less than average site.
Written January 11, 2020
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travel4love
Ruislip, UK1,081 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Lovely day out with the family. Was a good educational visit especially on how te castle was run back in the day. The grrounds of the castle as mentioned by many reviwers are really well maintained and great place to chill and absorb the lovely surroundings. We also took the boat trip to see the seals - these get booked very fast and best to reserve your spot first before viewing the castle as you can then manage your time.
This castle opens at 10 AM and closes at 6 PM and has a particularly good deals for families: two adults and up to four children costs £35 compared to two adults and two children separately costs £46. They encourage kids to find eighteen hidden keys in the castle. and reward you with a small sovenier on exit,
Written October 6, 2022
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Ann
2 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Couples
The entry fee was £14 a head so I expected my experience to be worth this price. It wasn’t. It is obvious the owners do not take much pride in their castle - it had a couple of windows boarded up and there was an unused cement mixer left for visitors to see. The gardens were nice but nevertheless I felt ripped off and disappointed.
Written August 8, 2020
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