"Dunrobin Castle" Golspie Things to Do Tip by scottishvisitor

Golspie Things to Do: 8 reviews and 25 photos

Dunrobin Castle dates back to the 13th. Century - it was then just a square keep which surprisingly still survives here today. The Castle has been home, albeit a summer residence, they had many homes, some in London and Edinburgh, to the Lords and Dukes of Sutherland down through the centuries. Built in Scottish Baronial style with French influences it is often described as a French Chateau. The Castle was designed by Sir Charles Barry who also designed the Houses of Parliament in London. Barry's interior designs of the Castle were destroyed by fire in 1915 it was at this time in history when the Scottish architect Sir Robert Lorimer re-designed the more modern interior. During the Great War the Castle had a good use as a Naval Hospital. Again in the 1960's the Castle saw another use as a Boys' Boarding School. The castle has 189 rooms but not all are open to the public. I would have preferred to have taken this tour before I saw what had happened in the Clearances (see my Tongue page) I was a little shocked to see such great wealth displayed inside this castle and could not help comparing it all to the evictions from humble little cottages. The dark history of the 1st. Duke and the Countess suddenly became more of a sad reality for me. Open from 21st. March to the 15th. October Monday to Saturday 10.30 - 16.30 Sunday 12.00 - 16.30. Entrance Price Adult 7.50 - Child 5.00 - Family ticket 2 adults and 2 children 20.00. Parking is free with spaces for 300 cars and ten coaches - please note if someone parks broad side on like one car we saw the parking for cars is minus three.

Address: Golspie Sutherland
Directions: About half a mile from the town of Golspie or fifty miles from Inverness both on the A9
Website: http://www.dunrobincastle.net

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jan 26, 2009
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