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“Hard to review when you pay then can't get to see it with no warning!”

Dunollie Museum, Castle and Grounds
Ranked #7 of 46 things to do in Oban
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Come and discover the fascinating heritage of Dunollie Museum, Castle and Grounds, Seat of the Clan MacDougall for more than 1000 years. - 1745 House Museum: Old Lairds House Exhibition which features 'Mirror of History Exhibition', part of the Hope MacDougall Collection - Castle Ruin: Take in stunning views towards Kerrera and beyond - Enchanting Gardens: Come along the woodland trail and explore the Faerie Garden, Willow Hall and World of Trees. - Weaving Cottage: You may find some volunteer weavers at work - Kettle Cafe: Enjoy some delicious home baking, snacks and refreshments - Old Drapers Gift Shop: Browse a selection of gifts exclusive to Dunollie Mon - Sat: Castle Tours at 11 am or 2 pm Sun: Piping at the Castle 3 pm Children's activities and special events all year round. Please check the website for more details.
Reviewed 11 May 2014

I will try not to be negative but it is very hard so will tell it as it happened. Paid for entry, were met by the son of the current Laird and shown the servants quarters which contains information about the MacDougals and the servants which was interesting. Then went to see the castle to find the path blocked. So went back and was told that due to the muddy conditions of the path and the chances of slipping it was closed! Now note this is well after we paid at the ticket booth, were shown the servants quarters by a member of the family and watched as we walked off around the house on the way to the castle... We queried if there was an alternate route to the castle and told that was in worse condition and not used. I further asked if there was a problem with the castle area itself and told no it was only the path up to the castle. Now consdering that the castle has been open for a number of years I would have thought that this issue would have been encountered in the past and corrected - but obviously not! Bottom line check before you pay to understand what you will be able to see.

1  Thank ColinLSydney
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DunollieAdmin, Front Office Manager at Dunollie Museum, Castle and Grounds, responded to this reviewResponded 16 May 2014

Dear Colin,
Thank you for taking the time to review Dunollie Museum, Castle and Grounds. On the day of your visit the path was indeed not suitable for public use due to recent consolidation works at the castle. We have a policy of making all visitors aware of this at reception before tickets are issued so we apologise that this was not the case during your visit. We are happy to confirm that a new path will be installed this month which will enable all visitors to see the castle ruin and to enjoy the views from the enclosure, regardless of the weather. I'm very sorry that you were left disappointed with your visit - we do hope that you will think about a return visit in the future.
Kind Regards,
Fiona Thomson
Visitor Services Manager
Dunollie Museum, Castle and Grounds

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Reviewed 6 May 2014

Such a lovely ruined old castle, although small it is rich in history and atmosphere. The location of Dunollie is superb. Right at the mouth of Oban bay it has views out over the green Isle of Kererra, the firth of Lorne, Lismore and Mull. There are few castles with such an amazing view.

1  Thank Helen S
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Reviewed 6 May 2014

We had a delightful visit to a beautiful house and castle. The information and displays are so interesting. The story of John MacDougall and the beautiful Sophie was straight out of Jane Austen. This is not a house and grounds in the style of Chatsworth or Blenheim but the whole experience was charming and made my husband and I want to know more about this family. We were particularly fortunate in having Robin MacDougall as our source of information as he clearly loves his family and is very knowledgable.

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Reviewed 3 May 2014

a welcome addition to Oban's tourist attractions; an intimate, well interpreted social history museum set in an 18th century house. Only two seasons old but gathering together and interpreting a singular social history collection, Dunollie has a wonderful atmosphere, knowledgable voluntary interpreters and a wonderful surrounding landscape with extraordinary views. Well worth £4 to support the ongoing development of the building and collection.

Thank LesleyO320
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Reviewed 3 May 2014

Nice walk across sea front taking in views and other places of interest. Actual Castle undergoing renovasion, but fab views. Museum very interesting. Nice walks around and about the area. Worth a visit.

Thank Gary S
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