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“Historic Castle”

Dunstaffnage Castle & Chapel
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$44.31*
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Historic Scotland Explorer Pass
Ranked #10 of 52 things to do in Oban
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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. Its formidable stone curtain still has the power to inspire awe in visitors while Dunstaffnage Chapel, concealed amongst the trees, offers a stunning example of 13th century architecture.
Reviewed July 15, 2013

Lot's of History, Climbing ther ramparts you could see what a strategic position it held. wonderfull woodland behind with orchids and lovely views over the area.
Less inspiring was th appoach via an industrial estate.

Thank Ann M
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"business park"
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"an industrial estate"
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"flora macdonald"
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"scottish heritage"
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"english heritage members"
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"historic scotland"
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"information boards"
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"disabled parking"
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"worth a visit"
in 27 reviews
"high walls"
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"explorer pass"
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"car park"
in 22 reviews
"interesting history"
in 13 reviews
"great views from the top"
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"small exhibition"
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"an interesting place"
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"lovely location"
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Reviewed June 27, 2013

Amazing views over the bay below from the top of the keep. Felt it was a bit pricey (£4.50 adults, £3.80 concs) as there is not much to see but there are a couple of info boards dotted around to provide some nuggets of historical interest.

I was impressed by the quality of the main house which looked live-in-able, but was sadly not open to the public. A good 30-45 minutes if you are passing by.

Thank Tom S
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Reviewed June 26, 2013

Very nice ruin to go and visit while near Oban. Was easy to find just off the main road. The guide who welcomed us was very bubbly. Shame the Tower section was closed for conservation works - I hope they make the most of this area and turn it in to a small café.

Thank L_C_Wilson
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Reviewed June 26, 2013

Visited in June. Weather not very good and it was a bit of a walk from the carpark to the visitor office which was deserted. Eventually found someone to pay £7 for the two of us. There is a small room above the visitor office which gives some information about the castle and its connection with Flora McDonald other than this the castle and chapel were a bit of a disappointment. The steps were wet and very uneven and when you got inside that was it. Just walls with a bit of info dotted around. If you braved the steps up to the ramparts the view was quite good but the main building which is roofed and dry was locked and inaccesible!
The Chapel is another short walk in the woods and again a bit of a let down.

Overall one to miss

Thank Barry C
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Reviewed June 23, 2013

Lovely ruins with an interesting history and a breathtaking view. Worth a visit when you're in Oban!

Thank CarolienBAC
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