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Dunstaffnage Castle & Chapel

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Address: Lochavulin Drive, Oban PA37 1QA, Scotland
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+44 1631 562465

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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Closed on visit but nice to walk around

We visited on a very cold snowy January day, but only found out that the castle was shut when we walked from the car park across the grounds. Shame they did not put a closed sign... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Andover, United Kingdom
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Kirkconnel, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This 13th Century stone castle is sure to please the whole family, be it the active ones, sightseeing ones or the history loving ones. This castle is simply delightful offering a great outing. The car park is a short walk away from the castle itself but it is in a safe area. There is a building close to the castle... More 

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Andover, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We visited on a very cold snowy January day, but only found out that the castle was shut when we walked from the car park across the grounds. Shame they did not put a closed sign at the entrance, we would have avoided frost bite!! Still enjoyed walking down to the loch and around the small garden and reading its... More 

Thank TraceyS1964
Harrisburg Arkansas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Loved this castle- unfortunately the day we arrived there was a sign up which stated it was closed due to unforeseen events. Even so, we enjoyed walking around the outside and reading the signs.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 29, 2016

Used to live in the area but never made a trip to Dunstaffnage so this time when visiting I decided to call in. Not that clearly signposted through the scientific marine buildings but just keep going and you will get to an open gate into the castle car park. Disabled parking is closer to the castle than the car park,... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 29, 2016

We walked along the coast from Oban to the castle, with superb views across to Mull and Lismore. Very informative HS staff, and fascinating history of tribal warfare over the generations.

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Melton Mowbray, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2016

Not a very big castle but you can walk the castle wall and go into the main tower. Doesn't take too long to look around but worth a visit. Little shop with tea/coffee also available. Friendly staff. Nice views out to sea. Little information area above the shop too so don't miss that. Nice grounds to walk arounds

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Tranent, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2016

This one is not for you if you struggle with stairs. On the outside this castle does look quite plain with it high walls, the inside is a different story with many phases of building making the history interesting. Information boards displayed around the site help to understand the layout. The chapel is a short walk away.

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Ferndown, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2016

Really nice castle on promontory by a loch with fab views of course, it is on the road between ballachulish, where we were staying, and Oban so was an obvious choice on a sunny morning.

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Broadway, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2016 via mobile

Visited on a very wet day back in August. Had a quick nose around and imagine it is nicer on a sunny day!

Thank Rooster81
Peterhead, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2016 via mobile

Visited here on a nice autumn morning weather was great and castle was at its best great views looking towards connel bridge and airport .

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