Dunstaffnage Castle & Chapel

Dunstaffnage Castle & Chapel, Oban: Hours, Address, Dunstaffnage Castle & Chapel Reviews: 4/5

Dunstaffnage Castle & Chapel

Dunstaffnage Castle & Chapel
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Historic Sites • Castles • Religious Sites
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Visit the mighty stronghold of the ‘Kings of the Isles’ where Jacobite heroine Flora MacDonald was believed to have been held in prisoner. On an immense rock overlooking the Firth of Lorn near Oban stands the remains of one of the oldest stone castles in Scotland and the former stronghold of the MacDougalls. Built around 1220 by Duncan MacDougall, the son of Earl Somerled, known also as the ‘King of the Isles’, Dunstaffnage Castle was built at the height of the battle between Scotland and Norway for control of the Hebrides and was even once besieged by Robert the Bruce during the Wars of Independence.
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Soozee
Frosterley, UK655 contributions
An interesting castle and chapel ruin
Nov 2021
Situated just outside the town, this is well worth a visit. We enjoyed walking around the castle and down to the little bay, as well as visiting the old chapel in the grounds. A very interesting place to visit.
Written November 14, 2021
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Melanie M
Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom11 contributions
Nice
Oct 2021
Too see a ruin an adult and 1 child cost £9.50. Not cheap. Lovely views from the top but is it worth the money ? Not so sure
Written October 17, 2021
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Many thanks for taking the time to write a review. We value your feedback and are glad to hear you enjoyed the castle views. We have benchmarked our pricing against other visitor attractions and our visitor feedback shows that it is generally perceived as good value for money.
Written November 9, 2021
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James S
Brough, UK291 contributions
Hard to find, but worth every minute
Oct 2021
This was the second time we have visited this castle, the first time whilst we were in lockdown and it was shut so decided if we ever came back to Oban, this would be on our list and so pleased we did. This time we had our daughter with us who was a Masters Graduate from St Andrews University, so we got the full guided tour. A little hard to find even though there are plenty of signs but you have to drive past a new housing complex that is being built and also an industrial estate. There is ample parking and a nice pleasant walk beside the water to get to the actual castle grounds itself. There is disabled parking right beside the castle and also a small gift shop and a guide. The castle itself is is good repair for its age and some steep steps to climb to get into the actual castle itself, be careful as they can be slippery it is has ben raining (especially in Oban). Once inside there is plenty to see and a lot of history in the castle itself. There are also two rooms that have been renovated and a door leading onto the ramparts that you can walk around giving you a view of the courtyard and the well. Definitely worth a visit if you are in the Oban area and the guide was ever so helpful and not expensive compared to some castles in Scotland. Lots of information boards around the grounds and also a short walk through the woods to the chapel, which again is worth a visit, especially if you are into Scottish history. Overall a good couple of hours and worth every penny.
Written October 11, 2021
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annie
Sale, UK234 contributions
Interesting place - very atmospheric
Sep 2021
We found this quite by accident and I'm glad we did! A really interesting place to walk round and a couple of inside rooms renovated to give you an idea of what it was like. The walk round the battlements give you lovely views too
Written October 3, 2021
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Elaine F
Kirkbymoorside, UK89 contributions
Interesting visit
Sep 2021
If you love castles, this if for you. It carries that sense of history. It would not be a day visit, you can get around the ruins in 30/40 mins. Views from the walls are fabulous!
Written September 27, 2021
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TONY E
Wakefield, UK20 contributions
nice walk
Sep 2021
we did the coastal walk to the castle a few miles but ok, the grounds were immaculate clean and tidy, castle was in good condition for the year, not much of the chapel left, well no roof. nice pebble beach to have lunch on.
Written September 26, 2021
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kliam89
Edinburgh, UK38 contributions
Pretty castle, small but lovely
Sep 2021 • Family
A lovely castle to visit, a fairly short walk from the car park. Quite small but lots of interesting reading and beautiful views at the top. Cost of the tickets was reasonable I thought .
Written September 16, 2021
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mark s
Livingston, UK489 contributions
Worth a visit
Sep 2021
Was impressed from the outside, been to Oban and never visited. I am a member of Historic Scotland, but it was Covid closed, always next time. Worth visiting though.
Written September 7, 2021
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Soozy79
Aberdeen, UK91 contributions
One of the smaller castles but worth a visit
Sep 2021 • Family
Visited as we were staying nearby in Connel and have Historic Scotland membership. One of a few properties in the area they run. One of the smaller castles but still worth a visit - lady at the ticket office was really nice & informative. Good use of QR codes to direct you to videos with info on the castle. Lovely views towards Connel & Ardmucknish Bay.
Written September 6, 2021
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Jane D
Manchester, UK37 contributions
Lovely point of interest and dogs are allowed too
Aug 2021
Ended up here after walking from Ganavan Sands. Reasonably priced and dogs were allowed in the building too. It's an accessible castle - not one of the largest ones we've seen but really well laid out (so to speak!) and we appreciated the drawings which showed what the castle would have looked like from certain viewpoints. The indoor bit was a bit boring with not much to see and it would have been great if the shop offered more than water or iron bru in terms of refreshments for two hungry and thirsty walkers! The chapel was worth a visit too, just to read the headstones/plaques which were interesting.
Written August 24, 2021
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