Scrabster, Scotland, United Kingdom
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Approximately 6½ Hours
A panoramic drive takes you through the northern Highlands of Scotland -- one of the most remote areas of Europe. Travel on part of the world-famous North Coast 500 road route between Latheron and Dunrobin. Mountainous scenery and the picturesque coastline accompany you to Dunrobin Castle -- seat of the Earls and Dukes of Sutherland since the 13th century.
You will visit the house, museum and gardens of Dunrobin, taking in this magnificent example of Victorian Scottish architecture. Occupying a magnificent site on the east coast of northern Scotland, Dunrobin Castle is the largest house in the northern Highlands. The Gaelic name of Dunrobin means Robin Hill or Fort. The first castle here was a square, fortified keep which, despite later additions and remodeling, still exists within the heart of the castle. Discover Dunrobin's fine collection of paintings, tapestries and artifacts. Outside, the castle is surrounded by beautiful formal gardens based on those at Versailles. The gardens were designed by Sir Charles Barry. A more recent garden has been designed by the current Duchess of Sutherland's son, Lord Strathnaver. Pretty woodlands march across the vast estate and ensure the Sutherland's privacy and safety.
Don't miss the extraordinary falconry display -- your chance to see the skill of the handlers and the work of some amazing birds of prey.
Dress warmly in layers with a wind- and waterproof outer layer; bring gloves, a scarf and a warm hat. The falconry display takes place at 11:30am and is subject to availability. There are uneven surfaces in places and many steps within the castle. Tour does not operate on Sundays.