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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 yesterday

This castle and surroundings are beautiful and actually holds a lot of history. There is a lot of information about stages of use and building renovations. Really enjoyed seeing a 13th century castle brought through the centuries into the 18th century. Be sure you know...More

Thank 379linda
Reviewed 4 days ago

Loved Dunstaffnage. We bought the "Explorer package" to visit many castles for 40GBP (7 days of visits in a total of 14 days). This site is included but if you don't have pass its only 5GBP. Beautiful and amazing history.

Thank Snydie_Pants
Reviewed 6 days ago

As most of these castles the history is interesting and well presented. English heritage members have free entry. No cafe but there is one close by. Views are spectacular.

Thank Jill H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Just about 3 miles north of Oban. Very scenic location on a peninsula. Water on 3 sides. Tickets cost £5 per person. There's an instructive floor that tells you about the castle (we skipped it). It's nice to climb up the castle walls and get...More

2  Thank KANewYork
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We are members of Historic Scotland. We joined after visiting Elcho castle in perthshire. Dunstaffnage is a high quality visitor attraction if you like Scottish history. The story boards provide a good explanation of the place. The property is well looked after and the position...More

1  Thank Ian P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Perfect weather to frame a super visit to a stunning piece of history. Take your time and walk the high walls as well as the three storey house. Great vantage points for views in all directions.

Thank Ian R
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Arrived too late to go in the castle but we wandered around the outside. Lovely location. Worth a visit.

Thank GreyGrandad
Reviewed 17 May 2017

Very difficult to find as our GPS sent us into a housing sub-division and signage was almost non-existent. Don't be at all surprised when you find yourself dodging speed bumps, traveling on a one lane road, and driving through a business park before reaching the...More

1  Thank 2CAtravelers
Reviewed 16 May 2017

Scotland has a lot of castles, and this one is not too different from many of them. However, it's got a lovely little chapel in the very small atmospheric bit of forest around it, and it also has some tiny cove beaches behind that would...More

Thank ukwren2017
Reviewed 13 May 2017

Lovely views from castle. Not very well signposted on the way in and same in the castle. Disabled parking is not very well signposted.No wheelchair access,as is the same with most castles.Nice enough place to visit but not worth the £6 entrance fee.

Thank H1357XGstevend
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