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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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Unusual access, but worth it!

Although the access through an industrial estate (science park), was not promising, there was a good sized car park, and after a short walk you come to the castle. The ticket... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 24, 2015
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Montgomery, Wales, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

This castle impresses not by its size but by its massive appearance and its great views over the bay it defends. Don't try to combine it with the Ocean Centre next door on a weekend as the latter is closed

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Montgomery, Wales, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

Although the access through an industrial estate (science park), was not promising, there was a good sized car park, and after a short walk you come to the castle. The ticket office was in a separate building with a museum above, and the castle was very easy to access, via walkways and stairs, with good views out to sea. There... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

a super nice staff member let us in right as he was closing up. the castle is well-maintained and takes about an hour to view. i wish some of the more out of the way spots were accessible along the upper wall, but i understand that safety is important.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

A nice view of the river mouth overlooking the sea. A small castle but parts of its are ruins. Don't expect presentation, just a nice exploration for the castle and the vicinity.

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Armadale, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

This castle is looked after by Historic Scotland and is well worth a visit. We were lucky enough to visit when the sun was shining and we saw it at it's best. It has a fascinating history and you can easily spend an hour or so here looking round. There is a little shop and visitor centre where a guide... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

We visited this on an afternoon in July and caught the local bus to the village. There is a fairly easy walk to the castle but it would not be so pleasant in the rain. We were pleased to find it was part of Scottish Heritage and as we are members of English Heritage admission was free. There is a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

While restored, this castle still has it's feeling of history. There's lots to explore both inside and out. And speaking of outside, don't pass up the short walk to the chapel ruins.

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Exeter
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

This is part of Scottish Heritage and well restored castle with lovely coastal views. It's a shame they do not give you a leaflet about the castle although you can purchase a guide book and they have the story of the castle at the small gift shop/ ticket office.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

I had hoped to visit Dunstaffnage Castle for many year after having seen it on the drive to Oban and we finally got a chance to late one afternoon. It is very impressive built upon some huge rocks. A lot of work has gone into reconstructing the guardhouse and I was impressed by how much access you have of the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

We had a quick visit here late afternoon, the lady who was standing in at the shop was very friendly and helpful. As with most castles, we couldn't get very far with a wheelchair but the rest of the family enjoyed their visit. There is a chapel but we didn't go down to it. As Historic Scotland members it didn't... More 

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