Holidays in Dunrobin Castle

Holiday Travel Guide
Dunrobin Castle featuring a park, a fountain and heritage elements

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.

Top activities in Dunrobin Castle

147 Cheap Hotels Near Dunrobin Castle

Golspie Inn
Golspie Inn
3.5 out of 5
Old Bank Road, Golspie, Scotland
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$147 per night from 15 Dec. to 15 Dec.
Situated in Golspie, this hotel is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) from Dunrobin Castle and within 3 miles (5 km) of Golspie Golf Club and Sutherland Monument. Ben Bhraggie ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (23 reviews)
"Quiet location outside Golspie but close to the"

Reviewed on 25 Sep. 2021

Golspie Inn
Anvil House
Anvil House
3.5 out of 5
Main Street, Golspie, Scotland
Situated in Golspie, this holiday home is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Golspie Golf Club and 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Dunrobin Castle. Sutherland Monument and Ben Bhraggie ...
Anvil House
Thistle Apartment
Thistle Apartment
4 out of 5
Main Street, Golspie, Scotland
Situated in Golspie, this apartment building is within 2 miles (3 km) of Dunrobin Castle, Sutherland Monument and Ben Bhraggie. Golspie Golf Club and Carn Liath ...
5/5 Exceptional! (1 review)
"Lovely apartment and great communication from the host - would definitely recommended"

Reviewed on 24 Sep. 2020

Thistle Apartment
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Popular places to visit in Dunrobin Castle

Holidays in Dunrobin Castle

Choose two or more items and save on your trip:

Top Dunrobin Castle Hotel & Accommodation Deals

Golspie Inn
Golspie Inn
3.5 out of 5
Old Bank Road, Golspie, Scotland
The price is AU$147 per night from 15 Dec. to 15 Dec.
Golspie Inn
Anvil House
Anvil House
3.5 out of 5
Main Street, Golspie, Scotland
Anvil House
Thistle Apartment
Thistle Apartment
4 out of 5
Main Street, Golspie, Scotland
Thistle Apartment
Tartan
Tartan
3.5 out of 5
Ground-floor Flat Rhives House, Golspie, Scotland
Tartan
Tweed
Tweed
3.5 out of 5
Top (First) Floor Apartment Rhives House, Golspie, Scotland
Tweed
Burnwood B&B
Burnwood B&B
3.5 out of 5
Burnwood, Station Road, Golspie, Scotland
Burnwood B&B
Log lodge with private Loch
Log lodge with private Loch
243 Upper Doll, Brora, SCT
Log lodge with private Loch
Royal Marine Hotel
Royal Marine Hotel
4 out of 5
Golf Road, Brora, Scotland
The price is AU$249 per night from 15 Dec. to 15 Dec.
Royal Marine Hotel
Sutherland Inn
Sutherland Inn
3 out of 5
Fountain Square, Brora, Scotland
The price is AU$184 per night from 15 Dec. to 15 Dec.
Sutherland Inn
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.