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Dunstaffnage Castle & Chapel

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Address: Lochavulin Drive, Oban PA37 1QA, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 1631 562465

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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Used to live in the area but never made a trip to Dunstaffnage so this time when visiting I decided to call in. Not that clearly signposted through the scientific marine... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
Melbourne, Australia
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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Used to live in the area but never made a trip to Dunstaffnage so this time when visiting I decided to call in. Not that clearly signposted through the scientific marine buildings but just keep going and you will get to an open gate into the castle car park. Disabled parking is closer to the castle than the car park,... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We walked along the coast from Oban to the castle, with superb views across to Mull and Lismore. Very informative HS staff, and fascinating history of tribal warfare over the generations.

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Melton Mowbray, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

Not a very big castle but you can walk the castle wall and go into the main tower. Doesn't take too long to look around but worth a visit. Little shop with tea/coffee also available. Friendly staff. Nice views out to sea. Little information area above the shop too so don't miss that. Nice grounds to walk arounds

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Tranent, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

This one is not for you if you struggle with stairs. On the outside this castle does look quite plain with it high walls, the inside is a different story with many phases of building making the history interesting. Information boards displayed around the site help to understand the layout. The chapel is a short walk away.

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Ferndown, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Really nice castle on promontory by a loch with fab views of course, it is on the road between ballachulish, where we were staying, and Oban so was an obvious choice on a sunny morning.

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Broadway, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016 via mobile

Visited on a very wet day back in August. Had a quick nose around and imagine it is nicer on a sunny day!

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Peterhead, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016 via mobile

Visited here on a nice autumn morning weather was great and castle was at its best great views looking towards connel bridge and airport .

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Perth, Scotland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016

Having visited Oban over many years I have never been into dunstaffnage castle. It was well worth the wait. The grounds are immaculate, the castle interesting. The views were fantastic. The chapel is mostly ruined, but it is worth the walk in the woods to view it.

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Andover, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

Visited the morning after a stormy night and the ground was quite wet but it didn't affect our enjoyment. There are many covered areas so if it is windy you are able to shelter. There is an information centre above where you buy your ticket (separate entrance) to hat you should visit prior to walking round the castle as the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016 via mobile

We tried to hit the castle but there is such beauty just can't hit them all We went anyway and walked around the grounds. It s a beautiful foot and Amazing structure Wish I went in Next time

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