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Dunollie Museum, Castle and Grounds

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Debi Robinson wrote a review Dec 2019
Los Angeles, California106 contributions39 helpful votes
This castle is perched on a cliff just outside Oban's harbor and the view is stunning. I can't help but imagine the life of those who lived in this castle all those generations...
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Rafal W wrote a review Dec 2019
Leeds, United Kingdom1,128 contributions46 helpful votes
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Remains of Dunollie Castle of MacDougall Clan are located on small, rocky promontory, about 1 mile to the north of Oban. Clans' stronghold was build in 13th century in place of older fortress of the kings of Dalriada. First fortifications, erected by Dougall or his son Duncan, were of earth and wood, subsequently replaced in following centuries with those of stone-built. Seat of MacDougalls was of square layout with four storeys tower house in its northeast corner. The castle escaped the turbulence of Middle Ages. Even the conflict of MacDougalls with Robert the Bruce left castle virtually, untouched. But this state of affairs couldn't stay for forever. Castle's fate was sealed in 17th century when first it was captured by Archibald Campbell, Marquise of Argyll in 1644 and then, three years later, sacked and burned by Covenanters. MacDougalls renovated castle, but it was attacked again in 1715, during Jacobite Rising. Thirty years later MacDougalls finally abandoned the castle and moved in to the house downhill. The house itself was probably built there around 1600. In first half of 19th century Dunollie House was remodelled and enlarged. House is surrounded by garden of which northern part is open for visitors. Although Dunollie House is still private residence of current Clan Chief, in its older section museum was set up where you can take a look at the life of past generations from the proverbial kitchen. Myself, I was really surprised when I'd discovered there utensils resembling those I remember from the house of my grandma. Compared to the house, which is in very good condition, the castle look bad. Of curtain wall nearly nothing left but north stretch of it and some bits here and there. Tower house is in better condition but, unfortunately, is closed for visitors. Well, for most of the time, because, I was lucky, and got a chance to look around inside of it, thanks to the kindness of staff who were carrying some checks there at the time of my visit. In general, I've found Castle's staff very friendly and happy to share their knowledge with visitors ( many thanks to the nice lady working in castle's archives for interesting chat about living conditions of the subjects of the Clan in the past). Yet, despite of poor condition of the castle itself, its location offers a beautiful view at nearby islands. As befits a good castle, Dunollie ruins are haunted by phantom piper or Highlander. Anyone fancy to meet him?
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Date of experience: April 2019
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David C wrote a review Nov 2019
Sheffield, United Kingdom34 contributions16 helpful votes
Peaceful gardens with some imaginative carvings. Climb up to the castle ruins and you get the most spectacular view particularly in the late afternoon. Just five minutes drive (or 30mins walk) from the centre of Oban. Well worth a visit.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Response from Gillian C, Marketing & Promotions Manager at Dunollie Museum, Castle and Grounds
Responded Nov 7, 2019
Dear David C, Thank you very much for taking the time to review your recent visit to Dunollie, we are delighted to hear you enjoyed your time spent here with us. We hope you enjoy the rest of your time in the area. Best Wishes Gillian Marketing & Promotions Manager Dunollie Museum, Castle & Grounds
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TAF_Aberdeen wrote a review Oct 2019
Aberdeenshire, United Kingdom49 contributions20 helpful votes
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We visited as a family of 5 adults and 3 toddlers. We’ve been trying to go for years but it isn’t open when we usually visit Oban in November (closes at the end of Oct). Admission was reasonably priced (our 3 under 5’s all went free). The views from the castle were well worth the walk and climb. Grounds were also lovely to walk through. Kids loved the wood carvings. There is a small coffee shop on site which sold a really good selection of both hot & cold drinks. Homebakes looked lovely. Would have been 5 star review if we’d been told about the trail for children before we were leaving the grounds! Definitely worth a visit.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Response from Gillian C, Marketing & Promotions Manager at Dunollie Museum, Castle and Grounds
Responded Oct 28, 2019
Hi TAF_Aberdeen, Thank you very much for taking the time to review your visit to Dunollie Museum, Castle & Grounds. We hope you enjoyed taking your little explorers on an adventure around the grounds and up to the Castle Ruin. It is a shame to hear you were not told of the children's trail until leaving the grounds, I will pass this onto our team leader to ensure visitors are made aware of this for future visits. We do hope you enjoyed the rest of your time spent in the area. Best Wishes Gillian Marketing & Promotions Manager Dunollie Museum, Castle & Grounds
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Lee7omni wrote a review Oct 2019
Glenrothes, United Kingdom35 contributions17 helpful votes
lovely castle with fantastic wee Museum, tour, cafe and the staff were soooo friendly and helpful. We will definitely be back.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Response from Gillian C, Marketing & Promotions Manager at Dunollie Museum, Castle and Grounds
Responded Oct 15, 2019
Dear Lee7omni, Thank you for taking the time to review your time spent with us at Dunollie Museum, Castle & Grounds. We are delighted to hear you enjoyed your visit. We look forward to welcoming you back in future. Best Wishes Gillian Marketing & Promotions Manager Dunollie Museum, Castle & Grounds
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