Dunvegan Castle was the seat of Clan MacLeod chiefs. Dunvegan Castle is the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Scotland and has been the stronghold of the chiefs of the clan for 800 years. A curtain wall was built round the hill in the 13th century around a former Norse fort which was only accessible through a sea gate. A castle was constructed within the curtain wall by Malcolm MacLeod around 1350.

Today Dunvegan castle is open to the public.



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Founded: c. 1350
Category: Castles and fortifications in United Kingdom


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k (9 months ago)
The castle was very good and if it hadn't rained so much I think the gardens would have been excellent. The cafe was good and got quite busy as the weather worsened. Rain and mist must be the bane of any tourist visiting Skye, its a great area but in the rain and mist it's a challenge to see the great scenery
Andrew Scrugham (9 months ago)
Beautiful castle overall. The inside is quite limited and you should not go in expecting a museum because it is not exactly that, rather traditional items, photos, and furniture, some of which are labeled. Not bad displays, just different than many of the other castles in Scotland. Plenty of free parking which is a huge plus, and the gardens are well maintained and magnificent. Overall a solid experience and stop.
Yu Ching Lau (10 months ago)
One of the best castles we have been to in Scotland! Hadn’t expected to visit this castle but it was on our way to Neist Point Lighthouse so decided to give it a go. We were pleasantly surprised at how beautiful it is, both inside and out! Castle staff were friendly and gave good information. Displays were excellent, and showed both the lives of the upstairs and downstairs. The gardens were really lovely, and we spent a good 2 hours walking and exploring the grounds. Good variety of plants with really romantic names given to each of these plants. The seal tour was unfortunately closed due to the weather. Would love to come back again to do the seal tour.
peter barnwell (10 months ago)
Great place to visit on a rainy day for the castle, the gardens looked lovely but we gave them a miss due to the weather. We looked around the rooms on our own as cards in different languages were available for visitors to read. Don't miss out on the video presentation downstairs as this provided a potted history of the castle and the clan. Interesting few hours spent here. Car park is free and has loos. There is also a pleasant cafe serving good and drinks.
Erica Hill (11 months ago)
10/10 highly recommend stopping here. Give yourself at least 2 hours to see everything but you could easily spend 3 hours if the weather is nice. The gardens are absolutely beautiful, even early in the season(we visited in early April). There is so much to see, and you must see it all. The castle is incredible, and we'll maintained but still has so much history to read about. It's a great value in comparison to other castles around Scotland.
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