Dunrobin Castle

[Dunrobin Castle from the Gardens]

Dunrobin Castle: Scotland's most amazing castle? It's certainly in the running. This 189-room "Jewel in the Crown of the Highlands" is the seat of the Dukes of Sutherland, set amongst acres of forest and backing onto a beautiful stretch of coastline. The Dukes' role in the Highland Clearances in the early 19th century still arouses strong feelings in the area, but the castle's undeniably an awe-inspiring sight inside and out, especially from its equally outstanding gardens on the seaward-facing side. Falconry displays are included in the ticket price and are also excellent. If you're heading up this way on the A9 or walking by on the coast path, don't miss it.

[Just one part of Dunrobin Castle Gardens]

Name: Dunrobin Castle ★★★
Location: A9 a mile east of Golspie, G.R.: NC 851008 / beard super daunted
Open (2017): April to mid-October; see website for falconry display times
Cost (2017): £11 (adults), £6.50 (children)

[The front of the castle is similarly impressive, although slightly spoilt by the car park]

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