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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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"historic scotland"
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"scottish heritage"
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"english heritage members"
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"disabled parking"
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"high walls"
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"information boards"
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"worth a visit"
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"explorer pass"
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"small gift shop"
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"car park"
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"interesting history"
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Reviewed 3 days ago

This is an interesting stop, a short distance from Oban. It is a well kept ruin, in better shape than than most and the history and views are well worth the stop. You are able to explore most of the castle and grounds, a great...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

We went in the rain and there isn't much inside, but still enjoyed it. The signage is great and the guidebook was very information for just £2.50. Its an impressive fortress, Go and see the chapel and if you can follow the path to the...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

It's pretty nice, honestly. Only takes an hour or so to see the castle and the chapel. Take a short walk to the ocean as well. Nice Jacobite tie-in as Flora McDonald was imprisoned here for helping the Bonnie Prince.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a great little castle near Oban. If you are in the area check it out. For a small fee, you get a good history of the area and some great views.

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Reviewed 18 May 2018

On our way back to Glencoe from Oban, saw the signs so went to investigate. Was surprised to find the road took you through an Inductrial Estate and a newish housing estate! When we arrived we didn't really want to pay the £6.00 entry so...More

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Reviewed 17 May 2018

Interesting castle ruins, steeped in history. Fabulous location with panoramic sea views from the top of the castle. Good story boards. There is a helpful exhibition room. Welcome toilets and small gift shop. Well worth a visit if nearby.

Thank SGM63
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Reviewed 3 May 2018

Yet another lovely castle in the area. Very interesting to wander around and see the different "rooms" and layout.

Thank Michael W
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Reviewed 2 May 2018

The route to tha castle is quit difficult, but wilh Google Maps navigation a no-brainer. After some road works we arrived at the lovely scenery of the castle. After visiting Iveraray Castle, the historic meaning of this castle comes more appearend and the significance of...More

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Reviewed 30 April 2018 via mobile

This is a small but well preserved castle close to Oban. There is a small fee for entrance but good information about its previous uses. Good views across the water from the top. Nice walks around the surrounding land. Toilets and a small gift shop...More

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Reviewed 30 April 2018

You need a lot more time than you think to visit this very historical site and grounds, Their MacArthur connection could do with some updating.

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Response from Suzie_G07 | Reviewed this property |
Access within the castle limited, but grounds fine
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