History of Dunrobin Castle
Dunrobin Castle served as home to the Earls and Dukes of Sutherland. It was the stronghold of the family in the 13th century.
The Earldom of Sutherland is one of the seven ancient Earldoms of Scotland. The Sutherlands were one of the most powerful families in Britain with many important matrimonial and territorial alliances.
The Earldom of Sutherland was created in 1235 and since that time the castle appears to have stood on this site. The name Dun Robin which is in Gaelic language means Robin's Hill or Fort. It may have come from Robert, the 6th Earl of Sutherland who died in 1427. The castle, which resembles a French chateau has the influences of Sir Charles Barry. He designed London's Houses of parliament. During the First World War the castle was a naval hospital.
The gardens were laid out by the architect Sir Charles Barry in 1850, who was responsible for the Victorian extension. Inspiration came from the Palace of Versailles (Paris).
Castle Dunrobin is a medieval castle with influences of French architecture. The current owner Lord Strathnaver welcomes his guests warmly as well as promising a warm welcome and unforgettable stay. He owns it since 700 years which came from his ancestors. Dunrobin Castle is one of Scotland's great houses and the largest in the Northern Highlands. It has 189 rooms. Dunrobin Castle is also 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 station is the railway station. It is situated at the end of the castle and is just a 5-10 minute walk far away.