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Dunstaffnage Castle & Chapel

Lochavulin Drive, Oban KY12 7PE, Scotland
+44 1631 562465
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Ranked #8 of 15 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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Berwick upon Tweed, United Kingdom
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45 reviews 45 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

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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6 reviews 6 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014 NEW

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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Taipei, Taiwan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

This castle is a bit different than many of the other castle ruins we saw. The main part is still in great condition. The surrounding views are nice. There is also an old chapel in the woods, not far from the castle. A nice stop on the way to Oban.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Brillant views and plenty to see. Truely stunning castle in a beautiful location. A great place to take the family

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

This castle is smaller than some, but really shows the layout of a typical castle in this part of Scotland. Wonderful to learn about our historic past.

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