Falconry Demonstrations At Dunrobin Castle Sutherland
Many of our guests add a visit to Dunrobin Castle to the itinerary while they are staying with us here at Beach Cottage but throughout the year everyone has returned excited about the Falconry demonstrations. Dunrobin Castle located in Sutherland is an amazing old castle which has been in Lord Strathnaver’s family for more than 700 years.
Dunrobin Castle has 189 and in its history was used as a naval hospital during WW1 and a boys boarding school in the 60’s and 70’s. The gardens and grounds of the castle were originally created in 1850 and the design has stayed pretty much the same since then although new plants are regularly introduced. The castle is a popular venue for weddings and corporate events offering privacy and stunning setting perfect for wedding photos.
The Falconry demonstrations take place daily through the summer months at 11.30 am and 2:00 pm on the lawn of the castle. The flying birds of prey including, golden eagles and peregrine falcons, both native to the Highlands of Scotland, show there flying and hunting skills in the shows. The castle’s falconer, Andy Hughes, also explains how the hawks, falcons and owls hunt and kill their prey and incorporates this with the flying displays. Visitors get to hold and participate with the birds and have the opportunity after the shows for photography with the birds.
All of our guests that have seen the shows commented on how incredible Andy’s interaction with the birds is and all enjoyed the humour that he adds. Dunrobin Castle is now one of our top recommendations and we suggest that visitors all watch the falconry shows. The castle is open from March to October and there is also a gift shop and food at the Castle Buffet.