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Address: Lochavulin Drive, Oban PA37 1QA, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 1631 562465
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Description: Built before 1275 on a huge rock overlooking the Firth of Lorn...
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.
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Interesting castle

This is part of Scottish Heritage and well restored castle with lovely coastal views. It's a shame they do not give you a leaflet about the castle although you can purchase a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 31, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

While restored, this castle still has it's feeling of history. There's lots to explore both inside and out. And speaking of outside, don't pass up the short walk to the chapel ruins.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

This is part of Scottish Heritage and well restored castle with lovely coastal views. It's a shame they do not give you a leaflet about the castle although you can purchase a guide book and they have the story of the castle at the small gift shop/ ticket office.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

I had hoped to visit Dunstaffnage Castle for many year after having seen it on the drive to Oban and we finally got a chance to late one afternoon. It is very impressive built upon some huge rocks. A lot of work has gone into reconstructing the guardhouse and I was impressed by how much access you have of the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

We had a quick visit here late afternoon, the lady who was standing in at the shop was very friendly and helpful. As with most castles, we couldn't get very far with a wheelchair but the rest of the family enjoyed their visit. There is a chapel but we didn't go down to it. As Historic Scotland members it didn't... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Very much enjoyed our time here, This is a very nice historic site. If you're a history buff like me, you are sure to enjoy it. I would suggest keeping an eye on young children. Nominal Fee

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Imposing ruin. Visited on a lovely sunny day! Parked car and walked the short distance to the castle along the waterside, which was lovely! Well manicured lawns and small ticket office selling limited cold juice and ice cream, and usual Scottish keepsakes. We wish we had taken a picnic and rug, lovely surroundings. Didn't take too long to go round,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

It is a partly ruined castle but some parts have been restored. Well worth a visit and very reasonably priced. Excellent views as well from the ramparts.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Staying nearby at Benderloch, it seemed Dunstaffnage would be a good stop for a rainy but clearing afternoon. The castle was great, very informal an opportunity to make of it what you will. Plenty of room for the kids to run. This castle is well hidden from the road and is a nice walk up from the parking lot. If... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

Stopped off at the Castle on a recent visit to Oban. The castle was once taken in a battle by Robert the Bruce. The caslte is a ruin but has one building which is still in tact. Some good views from the top of the castle. Worth a visit if in Oban

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

This was a good castle to see but I think Historic Scotland could make it better. The castle is partly ruined. The later built part has a roof & is water tight so I think these rooms could be decorated with period furniture. This would definitely make it a better experience. The chapel is a short walk through the woods.... More 

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Address: Lochavulin Drive, Oban PA37 1QA, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 1631 562465
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Argyll and Bute  >  Oban

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