Dunrobin Castle: A Complete Guide

Find out all you need to know including what to do, where to stay, where to eat and how to get to Dunrobin Castle, North Scotland.

One of the most iconic castles on the eastern section of the North Coast 500, Dunrobin Castle is the largest historical home in the northern Highlands with 189 rooms. It’s a stately place with a firmly Scottish feel and touches of French inspiration in the architecture and gardens.

Where is Dunrobin Castle
Dunrobin Castle is on the north east coast of Scotland in the historical county of Sutherland. It is just under 55 miles north of Inverness and just over 200 miles north of Edinburgh.

Who owns Dunrobin Castle
Dunrobin Castle is owned by the Countess of Sutherland.

When is Dunrobin Castle open
Dunrobin Castle is open from April to October annually. See current opening times

What to do at Dunrobin Castle
You can:
* visit the public rooms within the castle
* watch a falconry display in the castle gardens
* visit the castle gardens and its museum
* walk along the coast of the Moray Firth in front of the castle
* explore the castle woodlands

With a two-hour visit, you can see the castle rooms and some of the gardens but a visit can be extended to take up the best part of a day.

Is Dunrobin Castle dog-friendly?
Dogs are permitted in the woodland, but not in the castle or gardens.

Where to eat
The castle has a tearoom serving sandwiches, cakes, teas and coffees.

Where to shop
Dunrobin Castle gift shop sells a range of local products including books, biscuits, jams and souvenirs.

Where to sleep
While there is not accommodation at Dunrobin Castle, possible bases for accommodation include nearby Golspie (2 miles), Brora (5 miles), picturesque Dornoch (12 miles) or Inverness (just over 50 miles), which is the nearest major city with a wide selection of accommodation in and around it.

How to get to Dunrobin Castle
By car: on the A99, Dunrobin Castle is around 1-1.5hrs north of Inverness. See the journey

By bus: the X99 route operated by Stagecoach runs from Inverness to Dunrobin Castle. Check bus times

By train: the Far North Railway Line runs from Inverness to Dunrobin Castle station (across the road from the castle) or to Golspie, a 6-minute taxi ride from Dunrobin Castle. Plan your journey

Where next
North: to Caithness and the Orkney Isles
West: to Ullapool, Lochinver and the west coast
South: to Inverness

Further resources
View the drive from Inverness to John O'Groats via Dunrobin Castle.