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Dunvegan

Travel Guide
Dunvegan Castle which includes interior views, a house and heritage elements

This tiny town on the shore of Loch Dunvegan is best known for its famous eponymous castle, the seat of the chiefs of a prominent Highland clan.

Dunvegan is a small town with only about a dozen shops, restaurants and accommodations. Come to admire the views out over the loch and to explore the well-known Dunvegan Castle, the seat of the chiefs of Clan MacLeod.

Find the castle on a rocky outcrop, just north of the village itself. One of the most popular sights on the island, this iconic fortress has a captivating history with many important figures from Scottish history, from Sir Walter Scott to Flora MacDonald, having visited here. Pass through the various castle rooms, surveying the displays of family portraits, artifacts and swords.

Don’t leave without strolling through the castle gardens. The paths weave through woodland, in to formal gardens and to small cascading waterfalls. Between late March and late September, boat trips out to Loch Dunvegan depart from the pier near the castle. Take a seal-spotting or fishing trip.

From the castle, it’s just a 10-minute drive north to the picturesque Claigan Coral Beach. The stretch is actually made of maerl, a kind of fossilized, sun-bleached algae. Amble along the shoreline and admire views out over the gold sands of Camas Ban beach.

Back in town, visit the Giant MacAskill Museum. Set in an old croft house, the museum is devoted to the life of Angus MacAskill, a 19th-century Scottish-born “giant” who reached a height of 7 feet, 9 inches (2 meters, 36 centimeters).

Also worth browsing is the Colbost Croft Museum, which shows how crofters on Skye would have lived. Inhale the scent of burning peat and wander around the well-preserved crofter’s cottage. Drive around the Colbost area and look for local gift shops selling Celtic-style silver jewelry produced on the island. If you are looking for gifts or souvenirs, the family-run Croft Studio in Dunvegan sells original paintings, cards and prints inspired by the local landscapes.

Dunvegan is in the northwest corner of Skye. Buses bound for Dunvegan leave from Portree. Driving from Portree will take about 30 minutes.

Dunvegan Camping Pods
Dunvegan Camping Pods
2 out of 5
Kilmuir, Dunvegan, Isle of Skye, Scotland
Situated in Isle of Skye, this campsite is 1.2 mi (2 km) from Dunvegan Castle and within 6 miles (10 km) of Macleod's Tables and Coral Beach. Claigan Coral Beach ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (33 reviews)
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The Tables Guest House
The Tables Guest House
3.5 out of 5
Main Street, Dunvegan, Isle of Skye, Scotland
Situated in Isle of Skye, this guesthouse is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Dunvegan Castle and within 6 miles (10 km) of Macleod's Tables and Claigan Coral Beach. Coral ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (19 reviews)
"We really enjoyed our stay at The Tables, where had a very warm welcome from Stuart and Janet. We were delighted with our room (No 1) which we thought was quite spacious, with lovely views of the bay and the hills beyond. We were impressed with the attention to detail, particularly in relation to ..."

Reviewed on 21 Jul 2021

The Tables Guest House
Hill Cottage
Hill Cottage
3.5 out of 5
Hill Cottage 31 Kilmuir Dunvegan, Isle of Skye, Scotland
Situated in Isle of Skye, this cottage is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Dunvegan Castle and within 6 miles (10 km) of Macleod's Tables and Claigan Coral Beach. Skye Riding ...
1/5 (1 review)
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"J’ai réservé et entièrement payé mon séjour . Peu de temps avant la date prévu , le séjour a été annulé unilatéralement et sans motif me plaçant dans un grand embarras et m’obligeant à rechercher un autre hébergement sans que je ne reçoive la moindre aide ; j’ai trouvé mais 300€ plus cher sans qu’il ..."

Reviewed on 13 Aug 2019

Hill Cottage
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Skye Cabins
Skye Cabins
2.5 out of 5
Beinn an Righ, 34 Bernisdale, Portree, Scotland
Situated in Portree, this golf cabin is 2.8 mi (4.4 km) from Skye Riding Centre and within 9 miles (15 km) of Portree Harbour and Edinbane Pottery. Somerled ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (4 reviews)
Perfect quiet retreat, centrally located on Skye
"Cabin is located on the back section of the owner’s historical family property, overlooking the bay. Very peaceful and quiet. Owner checked us in, gave us very helpful area tips and advice and left us with a sweet welcome basket of goodies. Highly recommend these cabins if you want to explore Skye ..."

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Skye Cabins
Monkstadt No 9 - Pretenders Escape
Monkstadt No 9 - Pretenders Escape
3.5 out of 5
Monkstadt House & Steadings, Linicro by Portree, Portree, Scotland
Situated in a rural location, this apartment building is within 6 mi (10 km) of Flora Macdonald's Grave, Skye Museum of Island Life and Duntulm Castle. The Fairy ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (15 reviews)
"The accommodation was incredibly clean and welcoming, the views were stunning and we were greeted with a lovely bottle of wine on arrival. Free laundry service was an added benefit."

Reviewed on 31 May 2021

Monkstadt No 9 - Pretenders Escape
Skye Eyrie
Skye Eyrie
5 out of 5
5 Grealin, Portree, Scotland
Situated in a rural location, this luxury cottage is 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Kilt Rock, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Old Man of Storr and Quiraing. Duntulm Castle ...
Skye Eyrie
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