Now I will be sharing about Day 2 of our Scottish Highlands adventure where we visited Dunrobin Castle. One of Britain’s oldest continuously inhabited houses dating back to the early 1300s, home to the Earls and later, the Dukes of Sutherland.
Located a mile north of Golspie in Sutherland on the east coast of the Scottish Highlands. I still remembered how gleaming white the Castle was on that glorious day we visited. It was truly unimaginable how perfectly elegant and awe-inspiring the sight was, plus the North Sea’s blue skies beyond the spectacular gardens… Just amazing!
Tuesday morning we got up at normal time but definitely well-rested. We had some cooked breakfast at the caravan, enough to keep us going for a while. Then we prepared ourselves for our day trip which we had in mind. That was visiting Dunrobin Castle.
Additionally, we packed some sandwiches, juice, crisps and fruits for our lunch too, then that was us ready to hit the road. The Castle wasn’t too far from the Caravan park where we stayed, so we arrived rather early, even before it opened for visitors which was well timed as it was not too crowded yet, thus there’s plenty parking spaces.
Whilst waiting for it to open, we walked round the Castle grounds on the back where it was facing the sea. Here are some of the photos we took:
Dunrobin Castle finally opened at 10:00 am and we were the very first ones on the queue. When we asked how much is a family ticket, the receptionist surprisingly only asked us to pay for two adults which is £22.00 (£11.00 each) to which I was rather perplexed as my two kids were standing beside us… hmmm! Anyway, ticket prices includes entry to falconry display, museum and the Castle gardens as well.
Unfortunately, taking photos inside the Castle is prohibited, so we didn’t manage to take some. Upon going in, you will be stunned by the wonderful staircase with lovely flower arrangements, family portraits and the hunting trophies on the walls. Inside the Castle were a display of the various rooms: The Dining room, Music room, Breakfast room, Drawing room, Library, Ladies sitting room, the Green and Gold room, Day Nursery, Night Nursery, Seamstress room, the Duke’s study, Military room and Fire Engine tea room. Each of these rooms and all throughout were beautifully displayed and lavishly arranged the way they were used before. Staffs were also present to guide you from one room to the next. The tour inside the Castle was truly fascinating and captivating.
Upon exiting the Castle, we went straight to the Museum which again, camera is not allowed. The Museum displays the heads of numerous animals shot by the family on safari, ethnographic items collected from around the world specifically in Africa. It also holds an important collection of archaeological relics.
We then explored the Castle’s garden and grounds which were well maintained and overly impressive. The waterfall in the middle caught the kids attention the most.
A visit to Dunrobin Castle now includes daily birds of prey flying demonstrations at 11.30am, and 2.00pm on the Castle lawn, which was good timing. So we didn’t wait too long at the prepared benches for this event. I think most of the visitors were also keen to watch this falconry display as much as we did, the lawn was absolutely jam packed.
Their professional resident Falconer demonstrated and explained the different hunting methods used by owls, hawks and falcons. It was really astonishing and educational as well. In fairness, you won’t feel bored listening to him, he’s very informative, funny and so passionate about his job.
I have to say, the highlight of this visit was when the resident Falconer asked us if it’s okay to let Seda, the owl to sit beside us in our bench. We nodded our heads although at the back of my mind was the worry in case the kids would freak out or Ruby might pet her as she normally does on most pets. Actually, they didn’t and I think that was the most well behaved time they ever were during the entire visit. Was thinking of adopting one now, lol I have to say, it was an unforgettable experience.
We spent around 2 1/2 hours in the Castle and we enjoyed it. We left and find a place to have our lunch. We also popped by a nearby shop to buy some stuff for our dinner before we headed back to our Caravan to settle for the rest of the day. That was our day 2 completed.
If you missed Day 1 of our Scottish Highlands adventure, you can check it here ⇒ Day 1 : Dunnottar Castle
Have you visited Dunrobin Castle? If not, are you going to visit this place in the future?
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