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Address: Lochavulin Drive, Oban PA37 1QA, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 1631 562465
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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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Nice visit just a short distance from town. Information on the castle was good even without the audio guides. Well worth a visit

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 22, 2015
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Ansbach, Germany
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14 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

a really nice castle to visit - also the chapel inside of the little forest - this place is a must to visit

Thank Udo F
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This was one of the highlights of our trip. It's such a complete ruin and it was really neat to walk up the stairs into the keep. The chapel is a few mins walk out side in the woods, but interesting to see. Overall, really cool!

Thank 30_30Ruth
Colchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We took the open top bus from Oban which dropped us at the Castle drive.We loved the castle which has not been done up so much as to lose its historic feel. The woodlands surrounding and the chapel are magical a very interesting visit.

Thank angelina8346
Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015

I called in here with my brother (who sighed about another damned castle!) fully expecting to be gone within 30 minutes. The lady in the ticket office was pleasant and helpful and from there we went to the small exhibition upstairs. This was well laid out and contained just the right amount of info along with a scale model of... More 

Thank MarcusHurley
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015

Nice visit just a short distance from town. Information on the castle was good even without the audio guides. Well worth a visit

Thank DunkDon
Woking, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

Stopped there on the City Sightseeing bus tour but the castle was rather inaccessible for us (steep well ward steps). Grounds well kept.

Thank SteveMG
St Helens, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

This is a lovely attraction and it's dog friendly. The grounds are well maintained and the staff member we met on site was extremely approachable, informative and welcoming. The approach to the car park is hidden behind 'office' type buildings, which did make us believe we had gone the wrong way originally, but if you keep going it is there.... More 

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Egham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

There is a free car park for the castle although there is an entry charge of £4.50 for an adult. Very interesting castle in lovely surroundings although the drive through the business park makes you think that you have taken a wrong turning.

Thank AFrequentTraveller
Dorchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015

When you drive towards Dunstaffnage Castle, it feels like you are entering a small imductrial estate but as you go through the gates there is the car park on the edge of Loch Etive and then a really pleasant walk along the Loch towards the Castle which is owned by Scottish Heritage. If you are a member of Scottish or... More 

Thank Lesleyannbarlow4845
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015

Visited in July 2015 with family. We all really enjoyed the castle & chapel. Took loads of photos to remember a really enjoyable day

Thank Adam T

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