Dunvegan Castle

Dunvegan

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 which 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, visitors can take a stroll through the elegant surroundings of the formal Round Garden. The Walled Garden with its Victorian style glasshouse is well worth a visit. In what was formerly the castle's vegetable garden is now a diverse range of plants and formal flowerbeds which complement the attractive features including a water lily pond, a neoclassical urn and a garden museum space. A considerable amount of replanting and landscaping has taken place over the last thirty years to restore the gardens to their former glory and this has been recognised by the RHS awarding the gardens with RHS Partner Garden
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In 2022 we were delighted to become Scotland’s RHS Partner Garden Winner of the year. This award was a recognition of the sizeable investment, hard work and passion that has been bestowed on Dunvegan Castle’s 5 acres of formal and semi-formal gardens since 1978, when the late John MacLeod (29th Chief of Clan MacLeod) decided to follow the example of his ancestors who had tried to create a garden at Dunvegan. Since then, the present Chief and Estate Director, Hugh MacLeod, and his dedicated team of gardeners, continue to develop and enhance the castle gardens for the enjoyment of both local and international visitors. Last season we were proud to announce that our garden was also shortlisted for the prestigious Historic Houses Garden of the Year Award 2023, sponsored by Christie's.

For more information about our opening times and our Friends of Dunvegan Castle membership scheme, please visit www.dunvegancastle.com

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