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Dunvegan Castle & Gardens

Type:Historic House / Palace

Dunvegan Castle, Isle Of Skye, Scotland, IV55 8WF

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Any visit to the Isle of Skye is incomplete without enjoying the wealth of history on offer at Dunvegan Castle & Gardens, the ancestral home of the Chiefs of Clan MacLeod for 800 years. Originally designed to keep people out, it was first opened to visitors in 1933 and is one of Skye's most famous 5* visitor attractions.

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 will 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.

Today 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, enjoy an appetising meal at the MacLeods Table Café or browse in one of its four shops offering a wide choice to suit everyone.

Over time, we have given a warm Highland welcome to visitors including Sir Walter Scott, Dr Johnson and Queen Elizabeth II and we look forward to welcoming you.

Boat trips to seal colony. Fishing trips and loch cruises. No photography in the castle. Shop: Gift and craft shops. Suitablity for the Disabled: Partial. WCs. Refreshments/Cafe/Tearoom: MacLeod Table Café (seats 76). Guided Tours: By appointment. Self Guided. Parking: 120 cars and 10 coaches. If possible please book. Seal boat trip dependent upon weather. Education/School Visits: Welcome by arrangement. Guide available on request. Suitability for Dogs: Dogs on leads only Accommodation: 3 self-catering holiday cottages each sleeping 6.

Guide Prices

Please see for more information about our admission prices and the great value concessions we offer.


Road Directions


Inverness A82 to Invermoriston, A887 to Kyle of Lochalsh Fort William A82 to Invergarry, A87 to Kyle of Lochalsh Kyle of Lochalsh to Dunvegan via the Skye Bridge


Unless you intend on ‘sailing your car over the sea to Skye’, you should programme your sat nav route via Kyle of Lochalsh

Public Transport Directions


Sail Over the Sea to Skye during the summer month from Mallaig to Armadale on Skye.

Ferry from Glenelg to Kylerhea



  • Disabled Accessibility
  • Facilities for Hearing Impaired Visitors
  • Facilities for the Disabled
  • Facility for service dogs
  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors

Attraction Facilities

  • Education Groups Min

Audio Commentary in Foreign Languages

  • Dutch audio guide
  • Spanish audio guide


  • Café
  • Cater for vegetarians
  • Groups: Coach Group Coffee/Meal Stop
  • Locally sourced produce
  • On-Site cafe/restaurant/catering
  • Picnic area
  • Refreshments Available
  • Serve lunch
  • Special dietary requirements catered for
  • Take away food

Children & Infants

  • Accept children (Minimum age)
  • Accept Children 3+
  • Accept children all ages
  • Baby changing facilities
  • Highchair

Establishment Features

  • Accept coach parties
  • All weather attraction
  • Available for wedding receptions
  • Beach/Coast 5 min walking distance
  • Cater for groups
  • Conference facilities
  • Dogs Accepted
  • Dogs on Lead Only
  • Facilities for corporate hospitality
  • Gift shop
  • Groups by arrangement
  • Open on bank holidays
  • Printed Material in Foreign Languages
  • Public toilets
  • Sea Views
  • Shop
  • Team / Corporate Activities
  • Toilets
  • Wedding Venue

Key Features

  • Film or TV location
  • Forest Location
  • In countryside
  • Indoor Attraction
  • Non smoking establishment
  • Of historic, literary or architectural interest
  • Outdoor Attraction
  • Outdoor Event
  • Seafront

Languages spoken

  • Dutch spoken
  • Italian spoken
  • Spanish spoken

Leisure Facilities

  • Fishing

Parking & Transport

  • Car parking
  • Coach Parking
  • On Bus Route
  • On site parking
  • Parking (free)

Payment Methods

  • Approx length of visit - 4hrs
  • Cash Accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (with charge)
  • Maestro accepted
  • MasterCard accepted
  • Min group size - 10 people
  • Sterling Travellers Cheques accepted
  • Visa accepted
  • Visa Debit accepted

Printed Material in Foreign Languages

  • Cantonese printed material
  • Chinese printed material
  • French printed material
  • Gaelic printed material
  • German printed material
  • Italian printed material

Target Markets

  • Family Fun
  • Marketed Towards Families
  • Marketed Towards Students / Youth

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted
  • Guided tours
  • Guided Tours Available for Groups
  • Guided Tours Available for Individuals
  • Guided tours by arrangement


Opening Times

* 1 April - 15 October Daily 10am-5.30pm, Last admission 5pm.
Closed 16 October - 31 March.


  • Other Awards Historic Houses Association Friends Scheme 2017
  • Other Awards Hudsons Heritage Awards - Winner 2017

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