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Dunvegan Castle

Dunvegan Castle

Address

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

Details

Any visit to the Isle of Skye is incomplete without savouring 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 landmarks.

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.

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedDisabled toiletsFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsFrench signs/guidesGift shopItalian signs/guidesOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPostboxAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencingFacilities for corporate hospitalityHelicopter landing

Children welcomeDisabled accessDogs acceptedSmoking not allowed

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.

Opening details

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

Prices

Castle & Gardens: Adult £13.00 Child (5-15yrs) £9.00 Senior/Student/Group (min 10 adults) £10.00 Family Ticket (2 Adults, 4 Children, £31.00) Gardens only: Adult £11.00 Child (5-15yrs) £7.00 Senior/Student/ Group £8.00 Seal Boat Trips Adult £7.50 Child (5-15yrs) £5.50 Senior/Student/ Group £6.50 Infant (under 3yrs) Free Loch Cruises & Fishing Trips Adult £45.00 Child (5-15yrs) £35.00

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Location

Directions

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Map reference: NG 242507  Lat: 57.46333 Long: -6.59993

The Castle is one mile north of the village of Dunvegan, North West corner of Skye. For our Gardens Cottage and Rose Valley cottage follow the signs for Dunvegan Castle and turn left at the 300mtr sign. For Laundry Cottage follow the signs for Dunvegan Castle and take the first left after the 300mtr sign.
ROAD approach - From Inverness A82 to Invermoriston, A887 to Kyle of Lochalsh 82 miles.
ROAD approach - From Fort William A82 to Invergarry, A87 to Kyle of Lochalsh 76 miles.
From the Kyle of Lochalsh to Dunvegan via the Skye Bridge 45 miles through some magnificent scenery as you head North West across the Island.
Route planner: http://www.theaa.com/travelwatch/planner_main.jsp
SAT -NAVS - Unless you intend on 'sailing your car over the sea to Skye', you should programme your sat nav route via Kyle of Lochalsh.
Journey Times:
From Fort William - 3 hours
From Inverness - 3 hours
From Glasgow - 5 hours
From Edinburgh - 6 hours
FERRY to the Isle of Skye in the summer via Mallaig on the mainland to Armadale on Skye 'roll-on roll-off' ferry - approximately 30 minute crossing. http://www.calmac.co.uk/skye
Ferry from Glenelg to Kylerhea. http://www.skyeferry.co.uk/

RAIL Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh 3-4 trains per day.
http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/
http://www.thetrainline.com/
BUS - Portree - 25 miles or Kyle of Lochalsh - 45 miles.
http://www.rapsons.co.uk/
http://www.citylink.co.uk/

Accessible by Public Transport: 0 miles from Dunvegan station

Facilities

  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • French signs/guidesFrench signs/guides
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • Italian signs/guidesItalian signs/guides
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • PostboxPostbox
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality
  • Helicopter landingHelicopter landing
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed

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.