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Dunstaffnage Castle & Chapel

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Address: Lochavulin Drive, Oban PA37 1QA, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 1631 562465
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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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Well presented. Not overly touristy.

Really enjoyed our visit. It has a nice little shop for souvenirs and a little pot of ice cream. Fantastic views and we'll placed information posts. Dog friendly is a huge bonus.

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Really enjoyed our visit. It has a nice little shop for souvenirs and a little pot of ice cream. Fantastic views and we'll placed information posts. Dog friendly is a huge bonus.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Interesting historical castle with magnificient views from the top of the castle walls. Lots of grounds which are dog friendly where you can have a picnic.

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Andover, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A castle that has not been redone, nice to see its authentic state. Good place to atop if you are around.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This easy to reach castle made for a lovely part afternoon out (we arrived rather late in the day, so only had about an hour there. Could have easily spent a bit longer. The guide book is interesting, but there are plenty of signs around the castle giving an overview of it's history anyway. It was great to get right... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Quite a mserable dat when we visited but the walks and grounds are all kept and we enjoyed the visit regardless. It is easy to get to and well sign posted.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We went for a short look round,, but were quite disappointed. Work was being done to make the castle safer and you could not see much. The cafe was disappointing as well, sitting outside under umbrellas. If you are going, make sure it is ll open. They did warn of the work being done, but you don't realise how limited... More 

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Tempe, Arizona, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My family and I enjoyed exploring this castle. The roof is off of most of it but even in the light rain, it was very fun to climb the towers and read the historical facts. There are amazing views from the top and a really cool old forest to walk through on the grounds. Don't miss the abbey hidden in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I are so glad we made the short trip from Oban to visit the Dunstaffnage Castle. Yes, it's in ruins, but it is still quite impressive. The admissions price (~5 pounds) is reasonable for what you get- a short exploration of a castle that's been around for about 800 years. The nearby grounds are also worth exploring,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A great castle to visit. You can go inside the castle walls. Very nicely managed and lovely grounds. Also has a nice little shop and it wasn't too busy.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is an astonishing 13th century castle - even in the rain. Mostly ruined now but still very impressive. No worries about an enemy tunnelling underneath - Dunstaffnage is built on a huge rock and overlooks the firth of Lorn near Oban. The chapel is worth a look too - particularly the added memorial section.

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