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Dunrobin Castle

Scottish baronial castle that thinks it is a chateau on the Loire. One of a kind in Scotland and the ancestral home to the Dukes of Sutherland and family.

There was some sort of fortification here from the 13th century but the present structure was the cofection of Sir Charles Barry who also built the house of Parliament in London in 1845. There was some fire damage and a remodelling conducted in 1915. The house has been many things including a boys school but is now home to the Countess of Sutherland. 

The Gardens

The garden was laid out by Sir Charles Barry in 1850, who also incidentally designed the Houses of Parliament in London. To match the castle, the garden also has a strong French influence, with circular pools and fountains surrounded by two formal beds - quite an unexpected sight in Northern Scotland.

The garden holds to its original vision but has been enhanced by a number of recent features like the reintroduction of an old-fashioned method of tree culture and a vegetable garden and orchard of a French style.

Opening Times

April, May, September and October - 10.30-4.30 (Sunday opens at 12)

June-August, daily 10.00-5.00

Contact Phone Number


Related Clans

Sutherland, Mackenzie

Travel Directions to Dunrobin Castle

Travel Directions

Dunrobin Castle is 50 miles North of Inverness on the A9, 1/2 mile North of Golspie. There is parking for 200 cars and 10 coaches. There are sign posts for the castle from the main road.

Golspie, Sutherland KW10 6SF

Visitor Attractions

  • Loch Fleet Nature Reserve

    Tidal nature reserve south of Golspie that provides varied marshy habitat for both migratory birds and waders. Located to the east of the A9 as it passes north.

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