Dunvegan Castle and Gardens

Any visit to the Isle of Skye is incomplete without enjoying the wealth of history and the horticultural delights on offer at award winning 5* Dunvegan Castle & Gardens. Dunvegan Castle’s 2ha (5 acres) of formal gardens began life in the 18th century. In stark contrast to the barren moorland and mountains that dominate the Isle of Skye’s surrounding landscape, the castle’s Water Garden, Round Garden, Walled Garden, and woodland walks provide a hidden oasis filled with flowers, exotic plants, shrubs, and specimen trees framed by shimmering pools fed from waterfalls and streams that flow down to the sea.

The Water Garden, with its ornate bridges and islands, is replete with rich and colourful plantings adorning the riverbanks; while the formal Round Garden features a Japanese holly (Ilex crenata) parterre as its centrepiece overlooked by a monkey puzzle tree (Araucaria araucana). The Walled Garden, formerly the castle’s vegetable garden, contains diverse plants and flowers that complement the water lily pond, Garden Museum, Memorial Gazebo, 17th-century lectern sundial, Larch Pergola, Glass House and the ‘Dunvegan Pebble’, a rotating 2.7 ton Carrara marble sculpture.

The herbal border and traditional raised vegetable beds illustrate the Walled Garden’s original function to provide food for the Chief, his family and people. The more informal areas of the garden are kept wilder to encourage wildlife and create a more natural aesthetic framed by the beauty of this coastal scenery.

The gardens are open from April until the end of October.

Take an exhilarating 25 min boat trip to see the Loch Dunvegan seal colony and observe these playful sea mammals at close quarters – dogs are not permitted on the boat.

For more information visit the Dunvegan Castle website

Historic Houses and RHS Members visit for free with a current Membership card.

If you enjoy these gardens, please vote for them! Once again, they are regional finalists for the RHS partner garden of the year and also the Historic Houses Garden of the year.

Photo Credits: Dunvegan Castle and Gardens

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Address: Isle of Skye, Inverness-shire, IV55 8WF View map Phone: 01470 521206 Length of visit: 2-3 hours
Dog friendly: Yes
Cafe: Yes
Car park: Yes
House open: Yes
House open - occasionally: No
Family friendly: Yes
Toilets: Yes
Wheelchair - majority: Yes

For information on opening times and to buy tickets: Click here

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