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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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Inverness, United Kingdom
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42 reviews 42 reviews
27 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

We are Historic Scotland members so made a beeline for this place. The staff member in the little shop was very friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. We picked up a quiz in the exhibition room above the shop and this was a good challenge for my 8yr old daughter. This is such an interesting place architecturally as it's built on a... More

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London
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41 reviews 41 reviews
12 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Don't be put off by the drive through a housing estate and industrial area to get here. The castle itself is compact and fascinating. Would make a good refuge in a zombie apocalypse...

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Chatham, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

If it isn't, it must be the next oldest, since it dates from the mid-12th century and is connected to Somerled, Lord of the Isles. Being a well-designed medieval castle, people with mobility problems can't go inside (the entrance is half way up the curtain wall) and unless the Manager has read (and acted upon) the complaint I left with... More

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Wellington, New Zealand
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99 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

The remains of this castle and chapel are very well looked after, as are most of the Historic Scotland sites. The staff member in the shop was very helpful, with lots of background information, and made us feel welcome. The ruin was very interesting and the small chapel a short distance away in the woods was very charming. A good... More

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Rivington, lancashire, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

We cycled to this castle from Oban along the new cycle track which is well worth a go, it's a lovely bike ride and you come out at this beautiful castle ruin set on the edge of the loch. The castle, although a ruin, still remains enough so that you can see how the castle would have been and is... More

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Odense, Denmark
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

I dreamed of visiting the "MacArthur castle" from the first time I learned that my clan had one. And Dunstaffnage didn't disappoint! The staff and exhibits at the visitor center were informative and helpful. The castle itself is in great shape for a "ruin"...you can even walk around the walls and imagine what it might have been like a few... More

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Sydney
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118 reviews 118 reviews
64 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

Have become wary of castle visits as a few have been seriously lacking but you don't realise this till too late - after you have parted with your money. Dunstaffnage is not one of those! The small information room with the model of the casle and the info panels explaining the long life and changes that have occurred are very... More

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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54 reviews 54 reviews
18 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

A great way to pass away an hour in a lovely setting. Right on the loch, and very pretty. The castle is very much intact, and you can stroll, or climb as much as you like.

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Oosterhout
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67 reviews 67 reviews
25 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

If it's one of your first castles, fine. If you've seen plenty this one will add nothing. Spen half an hour and you've seen it.

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Columbia, South Carolina
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

The castle was beautiful and you could walk through almost every part of it. The chapel in the woods was beautiful too. The grounds were gorgeous - especially the wooded area.

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