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“Castle in the Wind” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Dunstaffnage Castle & Chapel

Dunstaffnage Castle & Chapel
Lochavulin Drive, Oban KY12 7PE, Scotland
+44 1631 562465
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Ranked #7 of 14 Attractions in Oban
Type: Castles, Cultural
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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.
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“Castle in the Wind”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2013

Being members of English Heritage we had free entry to the castle. We opted for the audio guide which is very informative and adds to the ambience of the place, it was just such a shame that on the day we were there the wind was so strong and cold you could almost lean into it and not fall over. The view from the roof is well worth the climb.

Visited April 2013
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“Interesting stop off”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

Peaceful ruined chapel in the woods adjacent to the castle. We walked around the outside of the castle but did not actually go inside. Seals sited off the cliffs to the right of the castle. Pleasant way to spend an hour.

Visited March 2013
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“Castle”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

Lovely old castle. A ruin but still very interesting. I bit chilly on the roof so best seen in the summer!

Visited March 2013
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“Good views and interesting monument”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2013

Your visit won't take you a whole day, or even an afternoon- as there isnt too much information about the castle and the only parts you are able to look at are ruined. Nevertheless at £4 for an adult, its a nice place to see, and you get great views from the top!
Not well signposted- as you have to drive through a new science park to get there, quite confusing!

Visited January 2013
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“Good Place to Visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2013

This place is part of Scottish history. Quiet place with areas to walk and explore, some hilly grassy mounds. Castle and chapel interesting places to visit, and learn about the history. Its by the sea, there is a place to park, and there is a bit of a walk to the castle, but a pleasant walk through the trees. There is a good path...

Visited October 2012
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