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Friday, February 8, 2013

Dunrobin Castle, Clan Sutherland seat in Scotland

Dunrobin Castle is the seat of the Earls of Sutherland, in the Highland area of Scotland.
This beautiful domain containing both the castle and the gardens has it's origins in the Middle Ages but was greatly developed in the 19th century by the architect of the Westminster  Palace in London, Sir Charles Barry.
The main attractions are of course:
* The castle, with a great Scots Baronial style and 189 rooms. Although the interior decorations were affected by a fire in 1905, the reconstruction is great and incorporates many of the original decorations.
* The gardens, clearly influenced by the French formal style present at the Versailles Palace. I dare to say that the view is better at Dunrobin, the gardens look great and the castle is situated by the sea. If you visit the castle you can get a great panoramic view of the gardens and the sea.
Falconry displays are held at the castle and this is a great way to find out more about the ancient art of hunting with birds of prey. The castle museum, originally a summer house, is also worth the visit, displaying the safari  trophies from Africa and various ethnographic items collected by the family Sutherland members from around the world.


Dunrobin Castle in the Highland area of Scotland.
Dunrobin Castle in the Highland area of Scotland.

View from Dunrobin Castle, the gardens and the sea
View from Dunrobin Castle, the gardens and the sea

Dunrobin Castle seen from the gardens
 Dunrobin Castle seen from the gardens 

Falconry display at the Dunrobin Castle in Scotland
 Falconry display at the Dunrobin Castle in Scotland 

Dunrobin Castle with the Clock Tower
 Dunrobin Castle with the Clock Tower