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Dunstaffnage Castle & Chapel

Lochavulin Drive, Oban KY12 7PE, Scotland
+44 1631 562465
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Ranked #8 of 14 Attractions in Oban
Type: Castles
Owner description: Built before 1275 on a huge rock overlooking the Firth of Lorn, Dunstaffnage was the mighty stronghold of the MacDougalls.The castle, with its huge... more » Owner description: Built before 1275 on a huge rock overlooking the Firth of Lorn, Dunstaffnage was the mighty stronghold of the MacDougalls.The castle, with its huge curtain wall, was captured by Robert the Bruce in 1309 and remained in royal possession for some years. Dunstaffnage became the temporary prison of Flora MacDonald in 1746.The location – stand on the battlements, overlooking the Firth of Lorn, and see just why the MacDougall chief built his castle where he did. The formidable curtain wall – amongst the oldest standing castle remains in Scotland. The ‘new house’ of 1725 in the courtyard – perhaps where Flora MacDonald was held prisoner. Dunstaffnage Chapel – tucked away amongst the trees, an extraordinary legacy from the 13th century. « less
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6 reviews 6 reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

This castle is smaller than some, but really shows the layout of a typical castle in this part of Scotland. Wonderful to learn about our historic past.

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Warsaw, Poland
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74 reviews 74 reviews
22 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

The nieghbourhood and garden probably worth more time than the very castle. Quite a few Oban visitors get there and combine with sea life attraction. A nice picnic place perhaps

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Bagley, United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
15 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

Stopped here when heading to Oban after about a three hour trip. W got in here half price as we are English Heritage members so bring your cards if you have one. The best thing about this castle was the views from the castle walls. Great for bird watching. If your traveling on a budget tho save those pennies as... More

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Grimsby, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Expensive to get in but nice to learn about the history and the views from the top are lovely. There were a few tourists there who are quite pushy when going up tight winding stairs?! Only spent 45mins here so all in all a lovely castle but price needs to be reduced.

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Northumberland
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92 reviews 92 reviews
43 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

It was quiet and peaceful to visit, with lots of display information boards, interpreting the history of the area and castle. The views from the battlements were far reaching.

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Versailles, France
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38 reviews 38 reviews
12 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Sorry but too expensive for what it is! In a beautiful place and may be nice on a hot day with a picnic but otherwise for me too expensive!

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Riebeek Kasteel, South Africa
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140 reviews 140 reviews
38 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

A beautiful ruin which gives one a real sense of the history of the area and the clan wars that took place many centuries ago. Well worth a visit.

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Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Small but largely intact castle with a lovely woodland walk to an old church. Also great views across the harbour. Perfect for a those with a love of history.

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Melbourne, Australia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
16 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

On a sunny day with the green grass & trees, it really stood out. Just imagine how cold the guards were in their little spots on the side. Take the forest walk down to the chapel. It was so nice & peaceful. On the way, we even took a photo of two pieces of moss that looked like koala bears!

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Winter PArk, FL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

A little hard to find. Don't use your Garmin otherwise you will drive around a residential neighbor. Behind the Scotland Marine facility

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