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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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Beautiful setting - but not much left to see..

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... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 13, 2015
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Perth and Kinross, United Kingdom
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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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24 reviews 24 reviews
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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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Washington, DC
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

As far as ruins go, these are in pretty good shape, it's relatively inexpensive, and the chapel is quite interesting.

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Dunfermline, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

Accessible for a short visit. Good interpretation centre, easy to get round ad well explained. The guide was very helpful and friendly. Suggested other local sights we might like.

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Paisley, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

Although mostly in ruins, you get a good indication of what the castle would have been like. There are parts that are fully intact which you can enter. These areas tended to be very dark and it's hard to see the detail. Some low lighting in these rooms would have been great. The chapel is also in ruins, but again,... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

We visited on a Thursday only to discover the site was closed on Thursday's and Friday's. I can't understand why these 2 days were chosen but be aware if you want to enter the castle. It was a nice walk around the outside of the castle walls and to the chapel ruins. Which by the way had no signage to... More 

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ByHistoricScotland, Manager at Dunstaffnage Castle & Chapel, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review your visit to Dunstaffnage Castle which unfortunately was closed at the time. Most of our sites reduce their opening times or close completely during the winter months as, you can imagine, we do not reeceive nearly as many visitors during this period. We undertook some analysis when making the decision to reduce... More 

Bangkok
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41 reviews 41 reviews
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

This castle has very interesting history. It is old and in ruins so there is no "inside" places to see. However, it is easy to envisage how life was lived and why the castle was built.

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