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“Not a bad gaff!”
Review of Duart Castle

Duart Castle
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Owner description: The ancient Clan Castle, proudly guards the sea cliffs of the Isle of Mull. Brought back from ruin in 1911, Duart Castle treasures 800 years of history of one of Scotland's oldest Clans, The Maclean's and it one of the last surviving, privately owned Clan Castles in Scotland. Visit us today and explore the turbulent past of the Clan, the battles and the love stories. Learn more about the Maclean's today and the family who are direct decendents. Enjoy the ancient Keep, ghostly Dungeons, magnificent Banqueting Hall, quaint Edwardian State Rooms and breathtaking views from the Battlements. Duart Castle was featured in a number of Hollywood films such as Sean Connery's, Entrapment (1999), "When Eight Bells Toll" (1971) with Antony Hopkins and "I know where I'm going" (1945). The Castle is open from April through to October every year and hosts a number of Weddings and Events throughout the summer months such as Outdoor Theatre, Military Re-enactments, Music, Storytelling, Birds of Prey and Scottish Pipers and Highland Dancers. Travel to Mull via the Caledonian MacBrayne ferry from Lochaline to Fishnish or from Oban to Craignure. Duart Castle is a 10 minute drive from Craignure or 3 miles by car. The Duart Coach meets the Oban ferry daily throughout the summer. Castle opens 1st April (Sun-Thurs ) & daily from 1st May to 18th Oct.
Coatbridge, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
38 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Not a bad gaff!”
Reviewed February 1, 2013

How impressive is the drive up to this place? This really is worth a visit if you're going to Mull. Seems like most folks head for either Tobermory or Iona but they are missing a little gem here. There is a private bus service direct from the ferry even though the journey is 5 mins max. The building is very impressive and includes a museum containing the family history with the top floor being dedicated to the scouts. All very impressive. Staff are very knowledgeable and helpful. There is a huge tearoom which is very reasonable and the ginger teacake is the best I have ever had. All home baking too.

Visited September 2012
1 Thank Peter M
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Worth a visit”
Reviewed December 11, 2012

Very welcoming staff, very reasonably priced sandwiches, hot and cold drinks and snacks. The locally baked fruit cake is definitely to be sampled. The adjoining gift shop is well stocked and not too expensive.

Visited June 2012
Thank Joyce W
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Thermopolis, Wyoming
Level 5 Contributor
61 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“A Castle for a Worldly Clan! or The Finest Home for Massive Family Reunions!”
Reviewed November 21, 2012

Our first stop on the Island of Mull off the ferry from Oban. This Isle of Scotland has much to offer, a famous clan restored castle with great food, golf courses with fantastic views of the Sound of Mull too....fine restaurants, and roads that are a delight to "share" with others.
This famous and photogenic castle ranks among the best in Scotland/UK/World due to its interesting family ties and family history as told throughout the floors, rooms and artifacts in this dynamic castle. The professional presentation and interpretations of the history of Scotland comes alive through the many locations visitors can roam and see through the lens of the MacLean clan(s)! You must also pause on the rooftop to enjoy the best views from a castle perch in all of Scotland...then stop at the gift shop and snack department for a taste of the delights offered by the cooks/bakers and chefs of Duart kitchens. You will love every minute you can spend here, and want more too!! Who wouldn't want to live or work here?

Visited October 2012
1 Thank WmnAud
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827 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 382 helpful votes
“This castle is still a home!”
Reviewed November 11, 2012

This picturesque restored castle, the home of Sir Lachlan MacLean is an a small peninsular offering spectacular views. The general admittance price is quite reasonable however we went late in the day on a private visit after normal visiting hours paying much more however we were transported there, given a book on the castle as well as nips of excellent Tobermory single malt whisky. Sir Lachan is apparently often there for private visits however in his unavoidable absence a delightful couple hosted our visit. Unfortunately photography is not permitted inside the castle however some photos can be found on the internet including one of the magnicent silverware. I highly recommend visiting Duart Castle.

Visited October 2012
1 Thank Betula103
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Taunton, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“A good Scottish Castle”
Reviewed October 17, 2012

Well worth a visit, lots of family history to see and read, well kept, views from the castle battlements was stunning

Visited October 2012
Thank Steve K
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