Dunrobin Castle, Golspie, Sutherland

This evening, I am posting information on Dunrobin Castle in the northern Highlands of Scotland.

Summary facts and information as follows:

  • Situated near the village of Golspie on the eastern coast, about 52 miles north of Inverness.
  • The names translates as ‘ridge of the long grass’.
  • Evolved from a medieval fortified square keep (which remains at heart of the castle). This was progressively embellished and extended culminating in the 1845 Scottish Baronial structure now evident.
  • Associated with aristocratic titles Earl of Sutherland and Duke of Sutherland.
  • Seat of the Chief of Clan Sutherland, Elizabeth, Countess of Sutherland. (Note that the Clan crest is the cat salient proper.)
  • The castle interior comprises 189 rooms.
  • Open for visitors between April and October. Facilities include gardens, falconry demonstrations and a museum.

Garden at Dunrobin Castle.

Falconry Display at Dunrobin Castle

Feline view of Garden at Dunrobin Castle

Other relevant information.

To the west of Dunrobin Castle, on summit of mountain, Ben Bhraggie can be seen a 76 foot high statue of the First Duke of Sutherland (1758-1833). The statue is controversial owing to the policy of the Duke and his wife (the Countess) of evicting many thousands of tenants from their lands in Sutherland during the 19th century to make way for sheep ranching. Many of the dispossessed suffered extreme hardship and even death. These evictions were common all over Scotland at the time and were known as the Highland Clearances.

Duke of Sutherland Statue