Day 2 : Dunrobin Castle – Our Scottish Highlands Adventure

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.

Dunrobin Castle (front view)
Dunrobin Castle (front view)

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!

Dunrobin Castle and its magnificent garden facing the beach.
Dunrobin Castle and its magnificent garden.

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:

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Reimer was so brave going down the beach through these big piles of rocks.
Reimer braved himself by going down the shore through these huge piles of rocks.

Mummy and Ruby having a photograph

The photo taken at the grand front door of the Castle.
The photo taken at the grand front door of the Castle.

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.

The Museum from the outside
The Museum from the outside

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.

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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.

Birds of prey

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.

One of the clever birds on display
Seda, one of the clever birds on display, definitely a crowd-pleaser.

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.

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Bird happily seated in our bench.

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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36 thoughts on “Day 2 : Dunrobin Castle – Our Scottish Highlands Adventure

  • That castle definitely looks impressive, it’s great to see it standing proudly above the sea. The kids look like they had a great time exploring the castle and the castle grounds, I’m sure they loved the fresh air and freedom to run around outside the most. Falconry displays are always fab to watch too, it’s great that the kids were so close to the front that they could watch and even got to sit next to the star of the show!

    Thanks for linking up with me on #CountryKids.

    • ReimerandRuby

      They definitely had good fun, even sitting beside the big bird as it’s a rare experience. The Castle is just beautiful.. Thanks for popping by.

  • Wow, looks great. I live in Scotland and have never visited Dunrobin Castle. I must do this! #fabfridaypost

    • ReimerandRuby

      This is our first time to visit Dunrobin Castle too and it’s all worth it.

  • This is really intersting for me as when I researched my family history I found that my Great great grandmother was from Golspie in Sutherland, so I’m keen to visit some day. She eventually ended up in London. I have seen pictures of the castle before. Sarah #FabFridayPost

    • ReimerandRuby

      Wow sounds interesting… then Dunrobin Castle is one for you to visit then, to know more of your family history.

  • Sitting with an owl??!!! Thats the coolest ever!

    Lovely place too. I love castles as they are always so magical and fairy tale like =)

    #countrykids

    • ReimerandRuby

      Yes, it was really cool. I love going on Castles too, it’s like the book has come to life, lol

  • Oh it looks wonderful and you all are having such a great time. Living in Australia, Scotland is not so close and I have visited once but would love to return. Thank you for sharing your experience and the beautiful photographs with us. #mg

    • ReimerandRuby

      I love to visit Australia one day, I think it also has a lot of lovely places to visit. You’re most welcome and thank you for popping by.

  • This castle, the gardens and the lovely views all look amazing. It’ll definitely be on our must-see list when we’re next up that way. Thanks for letting me know about it! #KCACOLS

    • ReimerandRuby

      It’s a must place to visit. You’ll definitely love it. Thank you.

  • Looks like an amazing place to explore and the falconry display looks great, I bet it was a fascinating day 🙂 #countrykids

    • ReimerandRuby

      It definitely was a fascinating day and the falconry display was a really good way of ending the visit. Thank you.

  • What an impressive castle that is. Stunning gardens. The owl falconry show must have been ace and so lucky to have the owl perched next to you! #countrykids

  • It’s just so breathtaking! We don’t have castles in Australia it just amazes me when I see pics of them. Thank you so much for linking up with #mg beautiful lady xx Oh and I am also linked after you at #TwinklyTuesday too

    • ReimerandRuby

      You need to visit Scotland soon to see some Castles, lol You’re welcome, it’s always lovely to link up with #mg. Thank you.

  • Oh! Wow! How lovely! I love the castle and very jealous of the royalty! lol! What a breathtaking view and the immaculate garden. I think I might have to adopt the Owl too – seem like the thing I neeeeed! haha Looks like you had a wonderful time. I love you in the photos to. Thank you so much for linking up with us again on #FabFridayPost xx

    • ReimerandRuby

      I thought it was only me who got the idea of adopting an owl, lol. Thank you.

  • It looks like a stunning castle. Shame you couldn’t take photos inside but the gardens look amazing so I can imagine the insides of the place were just as nice!

    • ReimerandRuby

      Inside the Castle is also as nice as it is outside. You have to visit to appreciate it. Thank you for reading more of my posts…

  • Wow! What a wonderful experience to have. That castle is stunning and I’m sure it is as beautiful inside. Your photos are lovely too. xx
    #countrykids

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  • Oh wow. This looks magnificent! What a beautiful place!

  • Beautiful place, you got a gorgeous day too. Really reasonable entry fee which is always a bonus. And those gardens, they are amazing. Thanks for sharing, will add to my ever expanding “places to visit” list #KCACOLS

    • ReimerandRuby

      Oh absolutely! I hate it when entrance free costs a lot and it’s not even worth it. But Dunrobin Castle is just worth the money you pay… Thank you.

  • I do love a good castle! It looks beautiful there and sounds like there’s lots to do, especially with the falconry. #KCACOLS

  • Wow love your pictures! This looks like so much fun! We’ve been to Scotland quite a few times visiting family but don’t go often now due to the kids being so little. Will def have to put this on our places to visit. #kcacols

  • This is a stunning place and you have captured some beautiful photos, I am off to southern Scotland Today…though the weather seems less idyllic that yours! I think the price seems pretty decent for all you got included! We took Leo to a falconry display and he loved it! #Kcacols

    • ReimerandRuby

      Falconry display seems fun for kids as well, my kids love it too. Hope you’ll enjoy your trip here. Thank you

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