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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
+44 1631 562465
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Reviewed 3 days ago 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

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Reviewed 1 week ago 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
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Castle was very interesting and worth a visit. While there we also visited the Ocean Explorer Center which was excellent and a must to visit for both adults and children.

Thank alexandermL1844GM
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A must visit part of Scotlands past this Castle has an interesting history with King Robert the Bruce staying here and the famous Stone of Destiny hidden here! - the Castle has a lot of interesting features including a very deep well which goes down...More

Thank alamemco
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

On the way into Oban from the north is a small signpost to the castle. Turning off the main road you drive through an industrial estate and wonder where you are going. At the end is a car park overlooking a bay. If you get...More

Thank Ken R
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Impressive to walk up from the car park and see the castle ruins looming in front of you. If you have the Explorer Pass, which we did, the entrance fee is free. Time well spent wandering up the ramparts, through the old keep and then...More

Thank EaglesFan19810
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What an interesting Castle with a creative History to it. Well worth a visit. It is well laid out and and easy to navigate for most people.

Thank Borrieboy
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

On a first look you wonder if it is worth the visit. However after buying your ticket and entering the castle you realise that it is well worth while. Do not miss the Church .

Thank HappyChappy70
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This is a very old castle, built before 1240 and was the stronghold of the Macdougalls. Afterwards it was captured by Robert the Bruce. Flora Macdonald was imprisoned at the castle for aiding Bonnie Prine Charlie. This is one of many castles in the area,...More

Thank culagharraidh
Reviewed 13 September 2017 via mobile

Car park a bit waterlogged when we were there. Castle ruins interesting and there are nice views from the battlements, it was OK for a short visit.

Thank LesGUk
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Response from princessba | Reviewed this property |
Yes, in fact, I saw a couple walking their two dogs when I was there.