The Original Garden Visitor's Guide

Dunvegan Castle Gardens

Any visit to the Isle of Skye is incomplete without savouring the wealth of history offered by Dunvegan Castle & Gardens, the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Scotland and ancestral home of the Chiefs of clan MacLeod for 800 years.

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, woodland glades, shimmering pools fed by waterfalls and streams flowing down to the sea. Visitors can wander through the elegant surroundings of the formal Round Garden surrounded by herbaceous borders with a veteran Monkey Puzzle tree. The newly installed Victorian-style Glasshouse is a stunning feature of the Walled Garden which features formal planting, a Lily Pond and neat yew hedges framed by mature herbaceous borders, raised beds for vegetables and herbs and a delightful Garden Museum featuring images of the garden over 100 years ago in the corner.

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Fact File

Opening times: 1 April – 15 October 10 a.m. – 5.30 p.m. (last entry 5pm) 16 October – 31 March: open by appointment weekdays only. Closed Christmas & NewYear
Admission Rates: Please visit our website for current admission prices
Facilities: Dunvegan Castle and Gardens, Seal trips, fishing and wildlife trips, loch cruises, Shops and Café.
Disabled Access: Partial
Toilets on site: Yes
Car Parking on site: Yes
Coach Parking: Yes
Booking Contact: Macleod Estate Office, Dunvegan Castle & Gardens, Dunvegan, Isle of Skye, Scotland, IV55 8WF
Booking Tel No: 01470 521206.
Booking Fax No: 01470 521205
Location: 1 mile north of Dunvegan on the northwest corner of Skye.

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