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“Lovely castle ruin”

Dunstaffnage Castle & Chapel
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US$42.21*
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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 18 May 2014

We cycled to this castle from Oban along the new cycle track which is well worth a go, it's a lovely bike ride and you come out at this beautiful castle ruin set on the edge of the loch. The castle, although a ruin, still remains enough so that you can see how the castle would have been and is very interesting. The chapel is a small walk from the castle and again is in ruin but still interesting, along with being very beautiful.

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Reviewed 13 May 2014

I dreamed of visiting the "MacArthur castle" from the first time I learned that my clan had one. And Dunstaffnage didn't disappoint! The staff and exhibits at the visitor center were informative and helpful. The castle itself is in great shape for a "ruin"...you can even walk around the walls and imagine what it might have been like a few centuries ago. I only wish that the name "MacArthur" would have shown up more next to the "Campbells", but that's just history for you.

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Reviewed 11 May 2014

Have become wary of castle visits as a few have been seriously lacking but you don't realise this till too late - after you have parted with your money. Dunstaffnage is not one of those! The small information room with the model of the casle and the info panels explaining the long life and changes that have occurred are very good and leave you able to much better appreciate the walk through and around the castle as it is today. The battlement view after the view from the "attackers" point of view gives you a good appreciation of both sides of any encounter. The castle Chapel is only a short walk away and the later conversion of part of the chapel into a family graveyard is another view of the castle history to see who is buried there. Being a quiet day we were able to ask lots of questions of the person in the ticket centre when we returned and she was both very friendly and knowledgeable of the castle history. Well worth the visit

1  Thank ColinLSydney
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Reviewed 4 May 2014

A great way to pass away an hour in a lovely setting. Right on the loch, and very pretty.

The castle is very much intact, and you can stroll, or climb as much as you like.

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Reviewed 28 April 2014

If it's one of your first castles, fine. If you've seen plenty this one will add nothing. Spen half an hour and you've seen it.

Thank Leo B
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