Any visit to the Isle of Skye would be complete without savouring the wealth of history offered by Dunvegan Castle and Gardens.
Built on a rock in an idyllic lochside setting, Dunvegan is the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Scotland. It has been the ancestral home of the Chiefs of MacLeod for 800 years and is still home to the Clan MacLeod Chief.
There is plenty to do for all visitors, including: Castle Tours – take a tour of this historic castle and see:
.. The Great Sword of Dunvegan on display is one of only three surviving Scottish medieval claymores.
.. Portraits of the Dunvegan Clan Chiefs and their wives, including "The Red Man" by Ramsay.
.. The “Fairy Flag”.
Seal boat trips – you cannot get closer to the protected common seals anywhere else on Skye.
Fabulous shops – with a wide range of Highlands and Islands gifts, jewellery and knitwear:
.. Castle Shop - Beautiful bespoke gifts inspired by the castle
.. Gift shop – including nature based children’s toys, and many new
lines under £10, including delicious chocolates.
.. St Kilda Shop (on the Dunvegan Pier road) - Harris Tweed
handbags, jackets and accessories, cashmere knitwear and quality
locally crafted gifts, beautiful prints and paintings (by local artists).
MacLeod Tables Café
.. Excellent coffee and homemade soup and snacks at the Café,
made using produce from the Walled Garden.
Beautiful Gardens and Walks, including
.. The Water Garden with its ornate bridges, islands and rich, colourful planting.
.. The Round Garden featuring a Boxwood Parterre as its centrepiece.
.. The Walled Garden (formerly the castle's vegetable garden), features Roses, formal planting and herbaceous borders, the fountain in the lily pond and the Victorian style glasshouse.
.. The Garden Museum.
If visitors would like to extend their stay, why not book one of the holiday cottages? These are beautifully appointed traditional cottages.
For further information on opening times and admission rates, please see website: www.dunvegancastle.com