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“Great Castle”

Dunstaffnage Castle & Chapel
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Ranked #5 of 46 things to do in Oban
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Owner description: Built before 1275 on a huge rock overlooking the Firth of Lorn, Dunstaffnage was the mighty stronghold of the MacDougalls.The castle, with its huge curtain wall, was captured by Robert the Bruce in 1309 and remained in royal possession for some years. Dunstaffnage became the temporary prison of Flora MacDonald in 1746.The location – stand on the battlements, overlooking the Firth of Lorn, and see just why the MacDougall chief built his castle where he did. The formidable curtain wall – amongst the oldest standing castle remains in Scotland. The ‘new house’ of 1725 in the courtyard – perhaps where Flora MacDonald was held prisoner. Dunstaffnage Chapel – tucked away amongst the trees, an extraordinary legacy from the 13th century.
gainesville, ga
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43 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Great Castle”
Reviewed 7 February 2011

One of the castle ruins that I visited during my trip to Scotland. They were working on restoring it when I was there , just go and use your imagination, remember to visit the chapel, its a very short walk away down a path in the woods. Its only 3 pds to visit

Visited June 2010
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Not worth the visit!”
Reviewed 30 December 2009

Not a great castle by any means, don't understand why it has been awarded 4 stars as a visitor attraction. Orientation room is poor (or else the castle has very little interesting history). Takes about 20mins to have a look round - I usually enjoy ruins but this one is really not worth visiting. There is also an enterance fee of £3.70 by historic Scotland.
As an alternative I would suggest Skipness Castle and Chapel at the top of the Kintyre penninsula, it's free, has an amazing location with a great coastal walk and a lovely sea food hut for lunch. Also Kilmartin Glen is in that area.

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Oxford, UK
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Great castle!”
Reviewed 23 September 2009

Dunstaffnage Castle was great. Not too well preserved but enough to get your imagination going. Good display of history and background before entering the castle itself, there is also a chapel in the woods. Pathway to a lovely cobbled beach behind the castle as well.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 191 helpful votes
“Terrific Castle”
Reviewed 19 April 2008

This castle is in great condition but not too polished. It's located on a dramatic point. Worth a peek inside. Parking is easy.

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