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Dunstaffnage Castle & Chapel

Lochavulin Drive, Oban KY12 7PE, Scotland
+44 1631 562465
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Ranked #7 of 16 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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Bathurst, Canada
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84 reviews 84 reviews
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47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014 NEW

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
14 helpful votes 14 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
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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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46 reviews 46 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 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
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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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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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Bath, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

Nice location and helpful staff. Not a lot to see but very well preserved Information boards were very informative..

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Essex
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

Saw a sign on the road into Oban when returning back to our accommodation in Fort William and was pleasantly surprised. A little track and your in a car park, then a few minutes walk to the castle. Has a small exhibition next to shop and castle is interesting. The chapel is also very interesting with many clansman/woman laid to... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

This is a castle on a promontory just North of Oban. It had an important part in Highland History and has displays and exhibitions to show this. The ruined chapel has many interesting features. (Historic Scotland)

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Melrose, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

Very interesting and a superb location. Wonderful chapel in the grounds. Had a picnic overlooking the Marina after we left the castle

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