Dunvegan Castle & Gardens, Isle of Skye

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As the home of the MacLeod clan for more than 800 years, Dunvegan Castle & Gardens stands as the longest-inhabited castle in Scotland. Perched on a rocky outcrop along Loch Dunvegan, the castle features both a large collection of art and colorful gardens. Take a tour to see oil paintings and artifacts such as the famous Fairy Flag banner inside, and diverse plants, wooded glades, and waterfall-fed pools in the 2 hectares (5 acres) of formal gardens outside. Venture onto the loch aboard a boat to see the local seal colony or to cast a line for fish. Nearby campgrounds and cottages offer accommodation if you wish to extend your stay in the area. Put Dunvegan Castle & Gardens and other Isle of Skye attractions into our Isle of Skye trip planner, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • We found the gardens more interesting than the castle, compared to other Scottish castle I’d give this one a 6 out 10. Nothing about the build stood out. 
    We found the gardens more interesting than the castle, compared to other Scottish castle I’d give this one a 6 out 10. Nothing about the build stood out.  more »
  • We didn't bother with the castle or gradens because we came only for the boat trip out to see the seals in Loch Dunvegan (and I'd seen the castle many years ago). Unfortunately you still have to pay....  more
    We didn't bother with the castle or gradens because we came only for the boat trip out to see the seals in Loch Dunvegan (and I'd seen the castle many years ago). Unfortunately you still have to pay....  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.

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