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Dunstaffnage Castle & Chapel
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Ranked #6 of 46 things to do in Oban
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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.
Leyland, United Kingdom
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110 reviews
58 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 July 2014

If you like exploring and looking at old castles in ruins like i do its great well worth the trip as it isn't far in the car from Oban.

Visited July 2014
Thank Peter K
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Forres, United Kingdom
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“Beautiful location”
Reviewed 18 July 2014

Lovely old castle easy to access and right by the sea. Not a great deal left but the walk around the top gives lovely views out towards islands.

Visited July 2014
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Sunapee, New Hampshire
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69 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Nice castle!”
Reviewed 14 July 2014

Visited on the way out of Oban and this is a good stop on a nice day. Historic Scotland site. Good, informative boards telling you about the castle. Great views from the upper walls. Pleasant walk from the car park.

Visited July 2014
Thank robbieM1955
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Phoenix, Arizona, United States
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55 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Castle, and a view”
Reviewed 14 July 2014

Beautiful old castle - I believe one of the oldest still standing in Scotland. It's located just outside Oban on a small peninsula with fantastic views from the towers. Nice easy visit - and part of the Historic Scotland pass. Worth a stop!

Visited July 2014
Thank Garrick S
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Inverness, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Lovely little adventure for the kids”
Reviewed 2 July 2014

We are Historic Scotland members so made a beeline for this place. The staff member in the little shop was very friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. We picked up a quiz in the exhibition room above the shop and this was a good challenge for my 8yr old daughter. This is such an interesting place architecturally as it's built on a rock plug and has two obvious ages to the buildings. It was great to be able to walk all the way to the top of the battlements and there's a great view. The newer building has recently been opened to the public but is pretty empty and bland. This could really do with some displays and interpretation. We also took the short walk to the chapel which had some quite interesting memorials. My husband agrees with one of the other reviews that it would make a great refuge in a zombie apocalypse!!

Visited July 2014
Thank Ruth H
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