Attraction in Dunvegan
Any visit to the Isle of Skye is incomplete without savouring the wealth of history offered by Dunvegan Castle & Gardens. Built on a rocky outcrop, Dunvegan is the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Scotland and has been the ancestral home of the Chiefs of Clan MacLeod for 800 years.
On display are many fine oil paintings and clan treasures, the most famous of which is the Fairy Flag. Legend has it that this sacred Banner has miraculous powers and when unfurled in battle, the clan MacLeod will defeat their enemies. Another of the castle's great treasures is the Dunvegan Cup, a unique ‘mazer’ dating back to the Middle Ages. It was gifted by the O'Neils of Ulster as a token of thanks to one of the clan's most celebrated Chiefs, Sir Rory Mor, for his support of their cause against the marauding forces of Queen Elizabeth I of England in 1596.
Today visitors can enjoy tours of an extraordinary castle and Highland estate steeped in history and clan legend, delight in the beauty of its formal gardens, take a boat trip onto Loch Dunvegan to see the seal colony (Voted '1 of the Best UK Days Out’ by The Sunday Times Travel Magazine), stay in one of its charming holiday cottages, enjoy an appetising meal at the MacLeods Table Cafe or browse in one of its three shops which offer a wide choice. There is a wealth of activities in the area ranging from walking, fishing and sightseeing to fine local cuisine, arts and craft and camping at the estate’s Glenbrittle Campsite (Voted No.1 UK Campsite by The Daily Telegraph) which is located at the foot of the majestic Black Cuillin mountain range.
Over time, we have given a warm Highland welcome to visitors including Sir Walter Scott, Dr Johnson, Flora MacDonald and Queen Elizabeth II and we look forward to welcoming you.
Tourist Info Number: 0871 716 2535
Groups/Parties Welcome: Yes
Discount for Groups: Yes
Coach Parking: Yes
Car Parking: Yes
Wedding Facilities: Yes - Events and Weddings
Contact Name for Groups: (minimum 10 people) Estate Manager
Gift Shop: Yes
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