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Dunstaffnage Castle & Chapel

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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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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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
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La Porte, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

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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La Porte, Texas
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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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

Nice for a walk around on a sunny day. No one on duty to take our money when we visited. Beautiful grounds once you locate the castle.

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Irvine, CA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

This castle is worth a visit if you're in the Oban region. It can be difficult to find if you're relying solely on a GPS or Garmin. When we mentioned it to the castle staff they indicated that new roads and buildings had been constructed and as a consequence the GPS wouldn't work well even using the postal code. So... More 

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Glasgow
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Not the easiest place to find but follow the signs and it will appear despite looking like your heading into a housing estate then a marine facility. The castle sits at the end of the road past all these with a small car park and short walk before you arrive at the ticket office. There isn't a huge amount of... More 

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Strathaven, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Located a short drive from Oban, the castle, which is built on a rock, and chapel are situated on a beautiful little bay. The parking lot is a three minute walk from the office where you can purchase tickets. You have to drive through a modern business park to get there, which is an interesting juxtaposition. Unfortunately, one wall area... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

Needs better signposting, not the easiest place to find. Not a lot to see and too few information boards. Visited in the pouring rain which didn't help.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Lovely little castle with lots of information available and vast grounds to explore. If the weather's nice take a picnic as there are lots of little coves down at the beach just perfect for taking the afternoon in.

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Rochdale, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

Not the most striking of Scottish castles, but interesting, and set in very attractive grounds. Unfortunately when we visited we experienced the worst of Scottish weather!

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