Dunvegan Castle’s five acres of formal gardens began life in the 18th century. In stark contrast to the barren moor land and mountains which dominate Skye’s landscape, the castle’s Water Garden, Rose Garden and Walled Garden provide a hidden oasis for an eclectic mix of flowers, exotic plants, woodland glades and shimmering pools fed by waterfalls and streams flowing down to the sea.

After experiencing the Water Garden with its ornate bridges and islands replete with a rich and colourful plant variety, wander through the elegant surroundings of the formal Round Garden featuring an ilex crenata parterre as its centrepiece overlooked by a Monkey Puzzle (Araucaria araucana).

The Walled Garden is well worth a visit. In what was formerly the castle’s vegetable garden, is now a diverse range of plants and flowers that complement the attractive features including a water lily pond, Garden Museum, Larch Pergola and a Glass House. A considerable amount of replanting and landscaping has taken place over the last thirty years to restore the gardens to their former glory and to provide a horticultural legacy for future generations to enjoy.

Dogs are welcome in the castle gardens and woodland walks, but please pick up any mess. Dogs must be kept on a lead at all times.