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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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"an industrial estate"
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Scotland has many (derilict) castles and this is one of many. Not the most picturesque one, but it does provide a good introduction into the history of the local clan, who owned it for some time. Massive building, well preserved inner tower, one can walk...More

Thank Tatiana I
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This is a lovely ruined castle with lots of charm and much to offer. We had stopped off for what we thought would be an hour or so but the charm of this castle captured a couple of hours. The castle has an interesting history...More

Thank whitelily38
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Most of the castle is in ruins but one tower is intact and you can climb through the apartments up to the 3rd floor. It was fun to imagine what it would have been like to live there. Be sure to take the short walk...More

Thank Mimi A
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is an impressive smaller castle built on a pretty interesting rock formation. If you are nearby, definitely stop in. Like many castles in Scotland, I would not go far out of your way to see it, but I don’t regret stopping by.

Thank gdfthr81
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful castle, fabulous views from the top and very informative and interesting facts. Also a short walk away is the chapel again very lovely and interesting. Over all only a small place but well worth the visit.

Thank Linda W
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We purchased the Historic Scotland Pass prior to our trip and this castle was included in the pass. It is nestled on the edge of a lovely marina and has beautiful views and lovely walks nearby. There is a great view on the rocky beach....More

Thank copdoc2
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great little place with beautiful views. Castle built on a rock and chaple in the trees. Sea surrounding most of the site, nice place to be having a break. Then into castle, very nice indeed. Also, very nice staff. The views over the marina is...More

Thank George W
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

According to my 9 year old, not super exciting, but still fun. It is a large building. You don't walk too much. That is, if you aren't going to the chapel. Less than a minute to walk. Not far. The longest walk there. Plants that...More

Thank Annette_and_Wes
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The castle might not be very big but it is very interesting. Although it isn't visible from the castle, the ruins of the chapel within the woodland are equally interesting. The views from the top of the castle in all directions is stunning. Don't forget...More

Thank ChrisGandTheBean
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Fantastic visit to the Castle. Loads of history and facts to read about. The dungeon gives you a sense of what could have been and to be able to walk up to the top and see the exceptional view was just the icing on the...More

Thank gs287
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Access within the castle limited, but grounds fine
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