Dunvegan Castle & Gardens

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Dunvegan Castle & Gardens, Dunvegan, Isle Of Skye, IV55 8WF

    Any visit to the Isle of Skye is incomplete without savouring the wealth of history and clan legend on offer at Dunvegan Castle & Gardens.

    Built on a rock in an idyllic loch side setting, Dunvegan is the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Scotland and has been the ancestral home of the Chiefs of Clan MacLeod for 800 years.

    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 would invariably 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 our most celebrated Chiefs, Sir Rory Mor, for his support of their cause against the marauding forces of Queen Elizabeth I of England in 1595.

    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, charter one of its traditional clinker boats for a fishing trip or Loch cruise, stay in one of its charming holiday cottages, enjoy an appetising meal at the MacLeods Table Cafe or browse in one of its four shops offering a wide choice. Dunvegan Castle's five acres of formal gardens began life in the 18th century. In stark contrast to the barren moorland and mountains that dominate Skye's landscape, the gardens are a hidden oasis featuring an eclectic mix of plants as you make your way through woodland glades, past shimmering pools fed by waterfalls and streams flowing down to the sea. Having experienced the water garden with its ornate bridges and islands replete with a rich and colourful plant variety, you can take a stroll through the elegant surroundings of the formal round garden featuring a box-wood parterre as its centrepiece.

    In what was formerly the castle's vegetable garden, the walled garden now features a diverse range of plants and flowers that compliment the attractive features including the stone worked MacLeod Clan parliament seating, a water lily pond and a larch pergola. A considerable amount of replanting and landscaping has taken place over the last thirty years to restore the gardens to their former glory and provide a legacy which future generations can enjoy.

    Gradings
    4 Visitor Attraction
    Opening Times
    2014 Opening Times
    1 Apr 2014 - 15 Oct 2014

    Open by Appointment 16 October - 31 March (groups of min. 10 people) Monday to Friday

    Catering

    • Lunch Available
    • Gluten Free
    • Vegetarian Food Available
    • Cafe / Restaurant available on site
    • Tea & Coffee Available
    • Shop

    Domestic

    • Toilets
    • Public Toilet Facilities

    Languages Spoken

    • Italian Speaking
    • French Speaking
    • Gaelic Speaking
    • German Speaking

    Location

    • Rural Location
    • Lochside Location
    • Island Location
    • Remote Location
    • Waterfront Location
    • Coastal Location
    • Sea/Loch View

    Special Requirements

    • Coach Parties Welcome
    • Families
    • School Groups Welcome
    • Groups Welcome
    • Pets Welcome By Arrangement

    Children

    • Highchair Available
    • Baby Changing Facilities Available
    • Children Welcome

    Facilities

    • No Smoking Permitted
    • Picnic Area
    • 24hr CCTV

    Leisure Facilities

    • Garden
    • Gift Shop

    Payment Methods

    • Electron
    • American Express Card
    • Debit Card
    • Switch Card
    • Maestro Card
    • Delta Card
    • Diners Card
    • Cash
    • Mastercard
    • VISA Card

    Transport

    • Coach Parking On-site
    • Disabled Parking
    • Free Parking On-Site

    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

    Public Transport Directions

    Getting there by ferry:- Ferry crossings to the Isle of Skye are seasonal and weather dependant. Please check timetables and availability in advance with the ferry companies.

    Via Mallaig on the mainland to Armadale on the Isle of Skye. www.calmac.co.uk

    Glenelg to Skye Ferry. Sail on the Glenahulish, the only turntable ferry of it's kind in the UK. www.skyeferry.co.uk

    Transport within Scotland

    For public transport information to visit here from within Scotland, enter your postcode and visit date below.

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    Access to Public Areas (Displays, exhibits, rides etc)

    • Level access (i.e. no steps or thresholds) or access by a ramp or lift to :
      • a public toilet
      • a public toilet suitable for visitors who use a wheelchair
      • the gift shop
      • the ticket issuing point

    Cafeteria / Restaurant

    • Level access (i.e. no steps or thresholds) or access by a ramp or lift to the :
      • cafeteria

    Attraction Entrance

    • There are steps to the main entrance
      • Number of steps 5

    Parking

    • The route from the parking area to the nearest public entrance is :
      • flat, ie. without steps
    • Parking provided for visitors
      • Parking on site
      • With designated parking for visitors with disabilities

    This information is self-assessed; therefore we accept no liability for its accuracy. Please contact the venue for further information.

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