Dunvegan welcomes groups

Dunvegan welcomes groups Dunvegan welcomes groups
A visit to the Isle of Skye would be incomplete without stopping to witness 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.

For visitors there is no shortage of things to do, including tours of the historic castle to see the Great Sword of Dunvegan, one of only three surviving Scottish medieval claymores on display in the North Room. The portraits of the Dunvegan clan chiefs and their wives in the Dining Room, include ‘The Red Man’ by Ramsay.

And seal boat trips enable visitors to get closer to the protected common seals than anywhere else on Skye.

The castle also boasts shops with a wide range of Highlands and Islands gifts, jewellery and knitwear and bespoke gifts inspired by the castle collection. There is also St Kilda Shop on the Dunvegan Pier road, which sells Harris Tweed handbags, jackets and accessories, cashmere knitwear and quality locally crafted gifts, prints and paintings.

The MacLeod Tables Café serves coffee and homemade soup and snacks using produce from the Walled Garden.

Among the gardens and walks there is the Water Garden with its ornate bridges, islands and rich, colourful planting, the Round Garden featuring a Boxwood Parterre as its centrepiece, and the Walled Garden, formerly the castle's vegetable garden, which features roses, formal planting and herbaceous borders, the fountain in the lily pond and a Victorian-style glasshouse.

Over the years, the castle has given a warm Highland welcome to many famous visitors including Sir Walter Scott, Dr Johnson and Queen Elizabeth II and today it enjoys welcoming coach groups.