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 http://www.dunvegancastle.com/your-visit/visitor-information/ 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. www.calmac.co.uk/skye

Ferry from Glenelg to Kylerhea  www.skyeferry.co.uk



  • Disabled Accessibility
  • Facilities for the Disabled
  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors


  • Café
  • On-Site cafe/restaurant/catering
  • Refreshments Available

Children & Infants

  • Baby changing facilities

Establishment Features

  • Accommodation on site
  • Available for wedding receptions
  • Cater for Corporate events
  • Dogs on Lead Only
  • Event venue
  • Facilities for corporate hospitality
  • Gift shop
  • Toilets
  • Wedding Venue

Key Features

  • Film or TV location

Parking & Transport

  • Coach Parking
  • Parking

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted
  • Guided tours by arrangement


Opening Times

2020 Opening Times (1 Apr 2020 - 15 Oct 2020)
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 17:30

* Last admission is 17:00.


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

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