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Dunstaffnage Castle & Chapel

Lochavulin Drive, Oban KY12 7PE, Scotland
+44 1631 562465
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Ranked #7 of 14 Attractions in Oban
Type: Castles, Cultural
Owner description: Built before 1275 on a huge rock overlooking the Firth of Lorn, Dunstaffnage was the mighty...
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Type: Castles, Cultural
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.

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Dunfermline, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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3 reviews 3 reviews
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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47 reviews 47 reviews
11 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
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
4 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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Bathurst, Canada
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104 reviews 104 reviews
32 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

This castle is easily accessible from Oban, and was on our daughter in law's list of castles to visit whilst she was in Scotland. The situation is great, with lovely views over the water, and the information inside the castle gives a good idea of its strategic importance in years gone by. It is well preserved, and restored, and is... More 

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Peterhead, United Kingdom
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38 reviews 38 reviews
11 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

Went to visit it during our stay but it was shut, no explanation and according to the schedule should of been open. Good views of the bay from the castle area.

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Missoula, Montana
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69 reviews 69 reviews
22 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

We enjoyed the walk along the water to the castle. The walk to the chapel is also nice through the forest. Not far for either, and both nice to visit.

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Berwick upon Tweed, United Kingdom
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50 reviews 50 reviews
23 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Whether you are a history buff (or not) this interesting castle in a stunning location is well worth a visit - the guide there was very enthusiastic and informative - and there are plenty of information panels around the castle to help to bring the castle "to life" and help fuel your imagination. The views along the castle walls are... More 

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Clitheroe, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

A lovely place to walk round and take in the fabulous scenery of the area. The castle has information boards which are easy to read and give a sense of the importance of the castle in the history of Scotland. We enjoyed the castle and thought it was good value for money but younger visitors may want something more stimulating... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

So many castles are n ruins, so visiting this one was a delight. I could walk around and walk where people used to, up into the laird's gallery, along the castle walk, etc. It was so quiet and serene I thought I was the only person there until I entered, and discovered a group of school children. The walls are... More 

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