The Northern Highlands and the Western Isles Sights

Dunvegan Castle

  • Junction of A850 and A863 Map It
  • Dunvegan
  • Castle/Palace/Chateau
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 07/22/2015

Fodor's Review

In a commanding position above a sea loch, Dunvegan Castle has been the seat of the chiefs of Clan MacLeod for more than 700 years. Though the structure has been greatly changed over the centuries, a gloomy ambience prevails, and there's plenty of family history on display, notably the Fairy Flag—a silk banner, thought to be originally from Rhodes or Syria and believed to have magically saved the clan from danger. Enthusiastic guides take you through several rooms, and an interesting collection of photos hangs in the lower corridors. Make time to visit the gardens, with their water garden and falls, fern house, a walled garden, and various viewing points. There's a café beside the car park. Dunvegan Sea Cruises runs a boat trip from the castle to the nearby seal colony.

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Junction of A850 and A863, Dunvegan, Highland, IV55 8WF, Scotland

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Published 07/22/2015


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