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Dunrobin Castle

Explore dozens of elegant rooms, meander through manicured Victorian gardens and watch falcon flying demonstrations at this castle complex.

Experience a slice of the lavish lifestyle of the Earls and Dukes of Sutherland, one of Scotland’s ancient earldoms, at Dunrobin Castle. Browse original artifacts as you wander amid the castle’s banquet halls, living quarters and reception rooms. Relax in the castle’s perfectly groomed terraced garden, visit a museum and enjoy birds-of-prey shows. Dunrobin Castle dates back to around 1235 and stands on a clifftop overlooking Dornoch Firth in northern Scotland.

Start your visit by appreciating the castle’s fairytale-like structure. With turrets, towers and spires, it bears similarities to a French chateau. Step through the regal main entrance and climb a trophy-decorated staircase before discovering an interior that boasts 189 rooms. You can visit some 20 of these rooms on a self-guided tour.

See how the earls and dukes dined in the wood-paneled Dining Room and admire a grand piano and portrait gallery in the Music Room. Marvel at the collection of 10,000 books in the Library and browse the Sutherland family’s robes in the Seamstress’ Room. Find displays of armor, regalia and weapons in the Military Room and look for the secret doorways in the Duke’s Study.

Stroll around the formal garden, designed in 1850 by the Victorian architect Sir Charles Barry. The fountains, ponds and symmetrical hedge layouts are said to be influenced by the gardens of Versailles, France. Within the garden is a falconry, where you can watch a trained falconer conducting daily aerobatic shows with birds of prey such as hawks, falcons and owls.

Further your knowledge of the castle’s previous residents at the Castle Museum, set inside the old summer house. See taxidermy displays of hunted animals, ancient Pictish symbol stones and artifacts related to the 1869 gold rush in Scotland’s Strath Kildonan valley.

The castle is a 5-minute walk from Dunrobin Castle train station, which has rail links to Inverness. The closest towns with accommodations are Brora and Golspie. If you drive to the castle, use the large free car park at the entrance.

Dunrobin Castle is open daily between March and October and there’s an admission fee. More information is available on the castle’s official website.


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Golspie Inn Hotel $46
Golspie Inn Hotel

Golspie Inn Hotel

Old Bank Road, Golspie, Scotland
     
    2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in Golspie, this hotel is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Dunrobin Castle and within 3 mi (5 km) of Golspie Golf Club and Carn Liath. Sutherland Monument and Brora Beach are also within 6 mi (10 km). Golspie Station is 20 minutes by foot and Dunrobin Castle Station is 20 minutes.

    Anvil House
    Anvil House

    Anvil House

    Main Street, Golspie, Scotland
       
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in Golspie, this vacation home is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Golspie Golf Club and within 3 mi (5 km) of Dunrobin Castle and Sutherland Monument. Carn Liath is 2.9 mi (4.7 km) away. Golspie Station is 10 minutes by foot and Dunrobin Castle Station is 30 minutes.

      Thistle Apartment
      Thistle Apartment

      Thistle Apartment

      Main Street, Golspie, Scotland
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in Golspie, this apartment building is close to Golspie Golf Club, Sutherland Monument, and Dunrobin Castle. Local attractions also include Carn Liath.

        Burnwood B&B
        Burnwood B&B

        Burnwood B&B

        Burnwood, Station Road, Golspie, Scotland
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Golspie, this bed & breakfast is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Golspie Golf Club and within 3 mi (5 km) of Dunrobin Castle and Sutherland Monument. Carn Liath and Brora Beach are also within 9 mi (15 km). Golspie Station is only a 5-minute walk.

          Sutherland Inn $81
          Sutherland Inn

          Sutherland Inn

          Fountain Square, Fountain Cottage, Brora, Scotland
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in a rural location, this hotel is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Brora Beach and 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from Carn Liath. Loch Brora and Dunrobin Castle are also within 6 mi (10 km). Brora Station is only a 4-minute walk.

            Royal Marine Hotel $70
            Royal Marine Hotel

            Royal Marine Hotel

            Golf Road, Brora, Scotland
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated on the beach, this hotel is 0.6 mi (0.9 km) from Brora Beach and within 6 mi (10 km) of Loch Brora and Carn Liath. Dunrobin Castle and Golspie Golf Club are also within 9 mi (15 km). Brora Station is 7 minutes by foot.

              Strathview Lodge $91
              Strathview Lodge

              Strathview Lodge

              Cambusavie, Dornoch, Scotland
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Dornoch, this bed & breakfast is within 6 mi (10 km) of Embo Beach, Dornoch Cathedral, and Royal Dornoch Golf Club. Historylinks and Dornoch Beach are also within 6 mi (10 km).

                A Luxurious Unique and Cosy off Grid Beach Line Fully Kitted Cabin $208
                A Luxurious Unique and Cosy off Grid Beach Line Fully Kitted Cabin

                A Luxurious Unique and Cosy off Grid Beach Line Fully Kitted Cabin

                Golspie, SCT
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated on the beach, this romantic cabin is within 6 mi (10 km) of Golspie Golf Club, Dunrobin Castle, and Sutherland Monument. Carn Liath and Embo Beach are also within 9 mi (15 km).