Exploring Dunrobin Castle

If you travel an hour north of Inverness, you will come upon this striking castle, resembling a French chateau. Boasting 189 rooms and dating back to the 13th century, Dunrobin Castle is one of Britain’s oldest consistently inhabited houses. Having been home to the Earls and Duke of Sutherlands for hundreds of years, this castle is said to have possibly been built on an early medieval fort. Over time, it has had many extensions making it what it is today.


A Historic Castle

13th century castle in the Scottish Highlands

History of Dunrobin Castle

A castle has stood on the site since the 13th century. Interestingly, the oldest surviving section of the castle, part of a fortified square keep dating from 1275, is still visible in the courtyard. In 1845, Charles Barry, who designed the Houses of Parliament, re-modelled the castle. Designed in the Scottish Baronial style, it became popular with aristocrats. Sadly a fire in 1915 destroyed much of Barry’s interior. So what you see today is the work of Scottish architect Sir Robert Lorimer.

The castle's many uses

The castle has been used for many purposes over the years. During World War One it was used as a naval hospital. Later it became a boys’ boarding school. But since 1973, it has been open to the public. It is still owned by the Sutherland family and they retain some parts of the building for private use.


Explore inside and out

Amazing castle interiors and attractive gardens to explore

Visit Dunrobin Castle Interior and Gardens

Open annually from April to October, you can visit Dunrobin Castle and marvel at all its delights! Explore the magnificent interiors with a self-guided tour of staterooms on the first floor. Then, make your way through smaller rooms to the older section of the castle. Additionally, your tickets include access to the stunning gardens and its grounds. Plus you can see the Falconry where you can watch birds of prey flying demonstrations. And at the end of your tour, you can visit the café for some refreshments and the shop for some souvenirs. View ticket prices and opening times here.


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