Looking for a historic day out in the Highlands? Known as the ‘Jewel in the crown of the Highlands’, Dunrobin castle is one of the largest and most beautiful intact castles in Scotland and only an hour’s drive from Inverness! Watch layers of history peel back as you explore the castle and visit their Victorian museum to view one of the UK’s most remarkable collections of historical and geological artefacts! Explore the vibrant formal gardens and discover a range of unlikely plants preserved by the mild climate, they even have a falconry display! A great day trip for the whole family, the castle and gardens are great for exploring whether you’re looking to enjoy the castle’s art, architecture, or fascinating history.
Where is Dunrobin Castle?
Set against the stunning backdrop of Ben Bhraggie and overlooking the North sea, the spires and turrets of Dunrobin are like something from a fairytale. Dating back to 1235 the stronghold of the earls and later dukes of Sutherland has stood on this exact site and although the castle’s current exterior is Victorian, the original structure dates all the way back to 1401 with parts of the original stronghold still surviving within the castle walls.
As you step inside the castle you’ll be able to see the centuries of history unfold through the very structure of the building itself as well as its rich and intricate history laid out for you in the self-guided tour. Their tickets include entry to the castle, museum, grounds and falconry display. Their tea room offers a great selection of delicious homemade food, including a hot lunch, cakes, and local ice cream.
- Castle and Gardens are open from 10.30 am to 4.30 pm and the museum is open from 11 am to 4 pm daily
- Falconry display runs 11.30 am and 2.30 pm every day from the 1st of April until the 31st of October
- Tickets start at £7.50 for children and £12.50 for adults with deals for group and family bookings
- Tickets must be purchased at the castle and cannot be booked online
- Free parking
- Closed from November to the end of March
- Located less than a mile outside of Dunrobin