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Dunstaffnage Castle & Chapel

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Address: Lochavulin Drive, Oban PA37 1QA, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 1631 562465
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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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Great little castle!

We spent about 45 minutes here exploring this smaller castle. It had some neat history and very friendly staff. We visited in January and had the castle to ourselves so that was... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 7, 2016
Scotland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Having Historic Scotland memberships we love to visit this castle when we are in the area. Lots to read up on and on a beautiful day lovely grounds to enjoy as well.

Thank Kirsten H
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The Castle was closed until further notice, adjoining toilets were all locked up, the grounds are nice for a wee stroll, but not much else on offer, it costs £4.50 to get into the castle!!!! Really? I would be really surprised if it was actually worth that amount...

Thank Alex K
Shoreham-by-Sea, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Dunstaffnage Castle & Chapel was for us a very good experience to visit if you love arts and ancient you must visit Dunstaffnage Castle & Chapel

Thank Denise B
Scotland, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2016

We spent about 45 minutes here exploring this smaller castle. It had some neat history and very friendly staff. We visited in January and had the castle to ourselves so that was nice. It has some nice views from the top.

Thank KaitDan
Emerald, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2016 via mobile

Despite the signs proclaiming it was open all year, the castle was closed and there wasn't a soul in sight. Outside was okay to take photos and things seemed in relative good nick, just closed

Thank Roslyn C
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015 via mobile

The castle is a really beautiful place ,and really worth to visit ! £4.5/ adult for entry ticket. The wonderful view once you achieve the upstairs of the castle makes the money worth.

Thank Odelia L
Ansbach, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2015

a really nice castle to visit - also the chapel inside of the little forest - this place is a must to visit

Thank Udo F
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2015

This was one of the highlights of our trip. It's such a complete ruin and it was really neat to walk up the stairs into the keep. The chapel is a few mins walk out side in the woods, but interesting to see. Overall, really cool!

Thank 30_30Ruth
Colchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015

We took the open top bus from Oban which dropped us at the Castle drive.We loved the castle which has not been done up so much as to lose its historic feel. The woodlands surrounding and the chapel are magical a very interesting visit.

Thank angelina8346
Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015

I called in here with my brother (who sighed about another damned castle!) fully expecting to be gone within 30 minutes. The lady in the ticket office was pleasant and helpful and from there we went to the small exhibition upstairs. This was well laid out and contained just the right amount of info along with a scale model of... More 

Thank MarcusHurley

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