Dunrobin Castle

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Dunrobin Castle is the most northerly of Scotlands great houses and the largest in the Northern Highlands with 189 rooms. Dunrobin Castle is also one of Britains oldest continuously inhabited houses dating back to the early 1300s, home to the Earls and later, the Dukes of Sutherland. The Castle, which resembles a French chateau with its towering conical spires, has seen the architectural influences of Sir Charles Barry, who designed Londons Houses of Parliament, and Scotlands own Sir Robert Lorimer. The Castle was used as a naval hospital during the First World War and as a boys boarding school from 1965 to 1972.


The Museum in the formal Castle grounds provides a further fascinating distraction. The museum displays the heads of numerous animals shot by the family on safari, ethnographic items collected from around the world (particularly Africa), and an important collection of archaeological relics. Notable among these are the collection of Pictish symbols stones and cross-slabs, These Pictish Stones form a very important collection, giving an opportunity to study the devices carved on stones 1,500 years ago. There is also a section on geology, gold panning at Kildonan, and the coal mine at Brora.

The museum retains its Victorian-early 20th century arrangement, making it one of the most remarkable private collections in the British Isles.

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Legend

The Dunrobin Castle upper floor is said to be haunted by the ghost known as Margaret who was the daughter of the 14th Earl.

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Car

Dunrobin Castle is just off the main A9 road on the right, one mile north of Golspie, 50 miles north of the Highland capital, Inverness.

From Inverness
Travelling by road north from Inverness, take the A9 all the way through the Highland village of Golspie and look out for the prominent entrance to Dunrobin Castle on your right hand side.

From Glasgow
Take the A/M80 north to Stirling, remembering to bypass the city and follow the signs for A9 Perth then Inverness cross over the Kessock Bridge and proceed as for Inverness above.

From Edinburgh
Take the M90 to Perth outskirts where you will follow the signs for and join the A9 north to Inverness. Proceed as above.

From Aberdeen
Take the A96 all the way to the outskirts of Inverness, join the A9 north and proceed as above.

From Dundee
Take the A90 to the outskirts of Perth then A9 to Inverness, then proceed as above.

Train

The mainline station is Golspie, (on the main Inverness-Wick/Thurso route)

Admission

Opening times (April - May and September - October):
MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturdaySunday
10:30 - 16:3010:30 - 16:3010:30 - 16:3010:30 - 16:3010:30 - 16:3010:30 - 16:3012:00 - 16:30

Opening times (June - August):
MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturdaySunday
10:30 - 17:3010:30 - 17:3010:30 - 17:3010:30 - 17:3010:30 - 17:3010:30 - 17:3010:30 - 17:30

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Address: Dunrobin Castle, Golspie, Sutherland, Highlands, KW10 6SF, UK
Phone: +44 1408 633177
Email: info@dunrobincastle.co.uk

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