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Address: Lochavulin Drive, Oban PA37 1QA, 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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classic ruins give a great glimpse of the past in a beautiful setting

it's an extraordinary place, a ruin of a small castle built nearly 1000 years ago on top of a large rock, at a strategic vantage point with views up and down the water... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 28, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

it's an extraordinary place, a ruin of a small castle built nearly 1000 years ago on top of a large rock, at a strategic vantage point with views up and down the water. there's plenty of the original and renovated buildings to get a sense of what life was like. we loved the towers, fireplaces and the chapel.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015 NEW

We did not have time to go round the castle but drove up and were impressed with the views and surrounding gardens.

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Forres, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

I saw the sign for this, and kept driving, wondering if I would ever find it. You go through a housing estate, and then expect to come out into the country at the castle, but don't. I arrived at a huge industrial estate and was convinced I had missed a sign somewhere. I asked a passer by who pointed to... More 

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Augsburg, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

Beautiful castle and amazing views. You can easily imagine how it looked when it was still in use. Easy to walk to from Oban itself, so no need to park on the road.

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Maine
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

The castle is self-tour with placards to read as you go along. It is reasonably priced and has some nice views and an old chapel nearby. Unfortunately, the pigeons have made the place their own with much soiling of the floors and the handrails.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

Lovely walk up to castle with beautiful views. Under £10 for two tickets, well worth it. Lady in reception from Toronto very friendly. The information/guide book is so worth the money, very informative. Castle very interesting, plenty of information provided. We have been to many castles and this is one of the best. Lovely walk to the chapel few minutes... More 

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Boston, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

Really interesting visit and super views from the top. To our delight, we found that our English Heritage membership cards meant that entry was free. Note, there is no cafe, just a small selection of takeaway hot & cold drinks in the reception area. However, not far away is Poppies garden centre, which has a lovely cafe. The main complaint... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

One of the best castle experiences we had on our trip. We were the only visitors there - went early in the morning - and had peace to wander around, read all the informative signs, soak in the history and the surroundings. It's a bit outside Oban and a wee bit of a walk form the car park and a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

The staff knew the history of the Castle and area well and were quite entertaining at conveying said history. The area is nice, even on a rainy day, for a walk around and look-see. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit and the history that we learned.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

This castle, like a lot of Scotland's castles is set up on on volcanic rock. The ladies in the souvenir shop knew their history and were very interesting but we saw noone up in the castle to explain anything. It's definitely worth a stop and it overlooks a beautiful Loch Etive. Walking back to the chapel you expect to see... More 

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Address: Address: Lochavulin Drive, Oban PA37 1QA, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 1631 562465
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Argyll and Bute  >  Oban

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