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“Nice old castle.”

Dunstaffnage Castle & Chapel
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US$42.36*
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Historic Scotland Explorer Pass
Ranked #5 of 47 things to do in Oban
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 11 March 2012

Lovely old castle and chapel in pleasant surroundings

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Reviewed 8 March 2012

Don't miss this Castle and Chapel if time permits. The day was bleak and damp but we still enjoyed the walk around (uneven ground so be careful). Workmen are continuing stabilising work and making a new visitors centre inside the Castle at present but visitors can still walk about. The story of the Castle and its life is well illustrated at the current visitors centre. Great photo opportunities. Definitely a must do.

Thank Denyse T
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Reviewed 23 February 2012

Friendly staff. Easily found. Good car parking nearby. Nice walk to chapel.

Thank Maza70red
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Reviewed 31 January 2012

Jim, the very helpful guide in the shop is very useful in getting the history of the place. its £4 each (adults) to look round, and I think its worth it. We walked back along the coastal path- it was january, so very muddy & boggy.
On the walk back BE WARNED! there is a very scary jump over a fissure with a 20ft drop direct into the sea- not for the fainthearted.
You can walk the safer way back along the cycle path- Jim will give you a leaflet to help.
We took the 410 bus from Oban to Dunbeg (£1.50 each) and walked from there- thats very easy

Thank Arramattic
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Reviewed 20 January 2012

Stopped off at Dunstaffnage Castle on the way to Fort William. A great castle, although most of it is in ruins, set in a beautiful forestry area. Make sure you take the path to the old cathedral, as it too is stunning and set in picturesque surroundings. Well worth the time and the small entrance fee.

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