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Dunstaffnage Castle & Chapel

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Address: Lochavulin Drive, Oban KY12 7PE, 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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Not the most striking of Scottish castles, but interesting, and set in very attractive grounds. Unfortunately when we visited we experienced the worst of Scottish weather!

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 30, 2015
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Rochdale, United Kingdom
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Glasgow
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

Not the easiest place to find but follow the signs and it will appear despite looking like your heading into a housing estate then a marine facility. The castle sits at the end of the road past all these with a small car park and short walk before you arrive at the ticket office. There isn't a huge amount of... More 

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Strathaven, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

Located a short drive from Oban, the castle, which is built on a rock, and chapel are situated on a beautiful little bay. The parking lot is a three minute walk from the office where you can purchase tickets. You have to drive through a modern business park to get there, which is an interesting juxtaposition. Unfortunately, one wall area... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

Needs better signposting, not the easiest place to find. Not a lot to see and too few information boards. Visited in the pouring rain which didn't help.

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Glasgow
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Lovely little castle with lots of information available and vast grounds to explore. If the weather's nice take a picnic as there are lots of little coves down at the beach just perfect for taking the afternoon in.

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Rochdale, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

Not the most striking of Scottish castles, but interesting, and set in very attractive grounds. Unfortunately when we visited we experienced the worst of Scottish weather!

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Perth and Kinross, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

We arrived in a gale.. the castle is imposing. You approach by some steep stairs, but then apart from a few empty rooms and mud, their is little else to see. It is a time to use your imagination. Young man in the office was very helpful..

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Hanoi, Vietnam
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

Even with GPS and following the local road signs, we ended up getting lost for a good 30 minutes before we finally gave up. All the road signs point drivers directly in the direction of a housing estate or a scientific center. Was amazed that such a big local landmark would be so badly taken care of

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Worcester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

Visited mid February when it was chucking down with rain. I found the place was massively lacking information. There is nothing inside describing its history or what went on in the different parts of the castle. There is in fact very little inside to see. You can walk up some stairs to to view the grounds but this was cordoned... More 

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Ancaster, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

Made a short stop to see the ruins. Lovely grounds unfortunately a little wet the day of our visit so we did not spend too long there.

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Camarillo,California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

We had some difficulty finding this castle, first you drive through a housing area then a brief industrial area, THEN the castle. We actually drove as far as the industrial area then turned around, thinking we were lost. Our GPS was no help, it took us to a residential neighborhood, after this we started over and stumbled upon it. Like... More 

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