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Dunstaffnage Castle & Chapel

Lochavulin Drive, Oban KY12 7PE, Scotland
+44 1631 562465
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Ranked #8 of 14 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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duraham
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

The castle and it's grounds are very clean and very well maintained. The history is significant and interesting. The views from the top are great! There is plenty to see given that it is a medieval ruin. There are nice grassy areas and pleasant waterside places for picnics on the short walk to the castle

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Leyland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

If you like exploring and looking at old castles in ruins like i do its great well worth the trip as it isn't far in the car from Oban.

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Forres, United Kingdom
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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Lovely old castle easy to access and right by the sea. Not a great deal left but the walk around the top gives lovely views out towards islands.

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Sunapee, New Hampshire
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9 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Visited on the way out of Oban and this is a good stop on a nice day. Historic Scotland site. Good, informative boards telling you about the castle. Great views from the upper walls. Pleasant walk from the car park.

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Phoenix, Arizona, United States
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12 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Beautiful old castle - I believe one of the oldest still standing in Scotland. It's located just outside Oban on a small peninsula with fantastic views from the towers. Nice easy visit - and part of the Historic Scotland pass. Worth a stop!

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Inverness, United Kingdom
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27 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

We are Historic Scotland members so made a beeline for this place. The staff member in the little shop was very friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. We picked up a quiz in the exhibition room above the shop and this was a good challenge for my 8yr old daughter. This is such an interesting place architecturally as it's built on a... More

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London
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41 reviews 41 reviews
12 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Don't be put off by the drive through a housing estate and industrial area to get here. The castle itself is compact and fascinating. Would make a good refuge in a zombie apocalypse...

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Chatham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

If it isn't, it must be the next oldest, since it dates from the mid-12th century and is connected to Somerled, Lord of the Isles. Being a well-designed medieval castle, people with mobility problems can't go inside (the entrance is half way up the curtain wall) and unless the Manager has read (and acted upon) the complaint I left with... More

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Wellington, New Zealand
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89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

The remains of this castle and chapel are very well looked after, as are most of the Historic Scotland sites. The staff member in the shop was very helpful, with lots of background information, and made us feel welcome. The ruin was very interesting and the small chapel a short distance away in the woods was very charming. A good... More

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Rivington, lancashire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

We cycled to this castle from Oban along the new cycle track which is well worth a go, it's a lovely bike ride and you come out at this beautiful castle ruin set on the edge of the loch. The castle, although a ruin, still remains enough so that you can see how the castle would have been and is... More

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