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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Gary Mitchell (3 months ago)
Dunvegan Castle & Gardens exceeded all expectations! The rich history and stunning natural beauty make it a must-see destination. The castle's grandeur and the meticulously maintained gardens create a truly enchanting experience. The staff's knowledge and hospitality added to the overall enjoyment. I highly recommend visiting Dunvegan Castle & Gardens for an unforgettable day filled with history, nature, and wonder.
Robyn Spalding (5 months ago)
This castle is amazing. You are walking in history when you visit. The staff were friendly and knowledgeable. We can thoroughly recommend a visit. The gardens are absolutely beautiful, you could spend hours strolling around them.
Geoff Spain (5 months ago)
A good place to visit with something for just about everyone. The gardens are really nice with a surprising mix of areas including woodland, formal and a lovely walled garden. We visited in early September and were surprised by how much was still in flower. The house has plenty of interest (as long as old family castles interest you!). There is lots to see and read about the family and their history. We found the servants area particularly interesting. The gardens are dog friendly, but obviously dogs are not allowed in the house.
Natascha Müller (6 months ago)
A beautiful little castle, we enjoyed going back in time and the detailed explanations to the Clans history. The gardens were also nice to explore and see. I did find it a little expensive at 16£ per Person. Mind you parking was free, so that's something.
Joaquin Cheto (7 months ago)
Another great castle with a long history close to the water. The castle is well conserve but the best thing is the gardens, there are a lot of different gardens with multiple plants, trees and flowers. Very beautiful place to walk around. Also, it is a good place to skip from the rain
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