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Dunstaffnage Castle & Chapel

Lochavulin Drive, Oban PA37 1QA, Scotland
+44 1631 562465
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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.
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Lochavulin Drive, Oban PA37 1QA, Scotland
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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"
in 9 reviews
"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"
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"interesting history"
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"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 27 February 2018

Staying in Oban we called in here on way to Fort William, in a lovely location once you drive through the business park! Definitely on my list to visit properly.

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Reviewed 7 February 2018 via mobile

After exploring Oban, next one our list was Dunstaffnage Castle. The Castle is signposted but you end up heading towards what appears to be a business park, don’t be fool or confused keep going as the car park is just behind. The views from the...More

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Reviewed 23 January 2018

A great site to visit. Very informative getting a true sense of history. The grounds surrounding plus the walk alongside the sea are also a great reason to visit.

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Reviewed 31 December 2017

Really nice castle built on a large rock outcropping. Most of the outbuildings are ruins but the main tower house has been restored. Quite a lot to see and the views from the top are good. It must have taken quite an effort to dig...More

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Reviewed 1 December 2017

There are ruins of two castles in Oban, and we visited both of them. If you're going to see only one, this is the one I would recommend. There is a reasonable entrance fee, and once you're admitted, you can wander about at your own...More

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Reviewed 20 November 2017

Excellent walk up to Dunstaffnage Castle and around the grounds. Very imposing 13th century castle in attractive grounds and a woodland setting next to the sea. Display boards were informative and the architecture impressive especially the manner of construction whereby the builders had so cleverly...More

1  Thank John C
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Reviewed 15 November 2017 via mobile

Impressive castle with well maintained grounds. Fantastic views from the top on a clear day. Has toilets and a small shop to buy tickets. Dont forget to visit the chapel in the woods while you are there.

1  Thank cmacki22
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Reviewed 29 October 2017

Husband and I went for afternoon visit on bus from Oban. Lovely place so peaceful. I visited the castle but my husband didn't attempt the stairs. Had a nice cup of coffee before the lovely walk back to bus.

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Reviewed 17 October 2017 via mobile

I had always wanted to visit the castle but never got around to it, but on a rainy day decided to take my family. They really didn’t want to go, especially because it was raining. Once we got there the rain had stopped and the...More

1  Thank gordonascott
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Reviewed 7 October 2017 via mobile

The castle is approached by narrow roadway after parking in the car park. As you approach the impressive well preserved castle is in front of you. Well presented information on the site describing its colourful history. Worth a visit in any weather, pouring when we...More

Thank Andrew G
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8 September 2017|
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Response from Suzie_G07 | Reviewed this property |
Access within the castle limited, but grounds fine
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