Dunrobin Castle in Sutherland

Dunrobin Castle

Do you want to explore breathtaking architecture, learn the history of Clan Sutherland and visit beautiful gardens? You’re in luck! Dunrobin Castle offers just that and so much more! The castle dates back to the 13th century and resembles a French chateâu thanks to its fairytale spires and turrets. It was home to the Earls and Dukes of Clan Sutherland. It then became a naval hospital and even a boarding school and in the end, a family house once. This makes the castle one of Britain’s oldest continuously inhabited houses.

What makes it a perfect destination for families? Well, you can explore the castle, walk through the beautiful gardens and even visit their own on-site museum. The museum to this day is still set up in its original display from the early Victorian 20th century. And as such, it has a fascinating collection, including stones carved with Pictish symbols. And if you need some rest afterwards you can get off your feet and fill your boots in their wonderful Tea Room. Oh, and don’t forget to grab a souvenir from Gift Shop on your way out!

History of Dunrobin Castle

Home to Earls and Dukes of Sutherland since the 1300s, Dunrobin Castle has a deep connection to Clan Sutherland. Moreover, the Earldom of Sutherland is one of seven ancient Scottish earldoms. And, did you know, the Sutherlands are among the most powerful families of Britain. Clan Sutherland even has its own motto, “Sans Peur”, which is french for “Without Fear”. You can see it on the Countess’s Coat of Arms and the Clan Crest!

The castle is also one of Britain’s oldest continuously inhabited houses since the early 1300s. As with many grand estates, it was used as a military (naval) hospital during the First World War. Later on, for a brief 7 years, from the late 1960s, the castle even became a boys’ boarding school. However, after that, it was turned back into a grand family home once more.

Things to do in Sutherland

If you’re looking for things to do in Sutherland, you must visit this magnificent castle. Rising above the North Sea like an illustration from a storybook, it is a dream destination. Overlooking both the castle and Golspie is the Sutherland Monument atop Ben Bhraggie, there are few places in the world that can offer the beauty of Sutherland’s mountains, beaches and moors. After exploring the castle and its beautiful garden you can also visit the museum with one of the most remarkable private collections in the British Isles.

Want to explore Sutherland even more? Well, other highlights include the Falls of Shin Visitor Centre where you can watch salmon leaping upstream, play some mini-golf and take your children to a playpark. And for whisky fans, the Clynelish Whisky Distillery in Brora might better suit your interests.

Where to find Dunrobin Castle

Located just 50 miles outside of Inverness on the A9, this Sutherland attraction is a magnificent, jewel in the Highlands. Visits here will be sure to provide an unforgettable experience for all. Also, a visit to Dunrobin Castle now includes daily birds of prey flying demonstrations on the castle lawn!

Finally, Inverness has so much to offer when it comes to tourist attractions in Scotland. Explore Scottish history and exceptional hospitality at The Kingsmills Hotel.

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After a day immersing yourself in Scottish history, head back to our hotel to put your feet up. Enjoy a delicious Scottish meal in one of our two restaurants and then sample one of our most famous exports in our Whisky Bar. Get in touch below to choose your perfect room or give our friendly team a call on +44 (0) 1463 257 100 for more information.

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