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“Imposing from the outside.”
Review of Duart Castle

Duart Castle
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Owner description: The ancient Clan Castle, proudly guards the sea cliffs of the Isle of Mull. Brought back from ruin in 1911, Duart Castle treasures 800 years of history of one of Scotland's oldest Clans, The Maclean's and it one of the last surviving, privately owned Clan Castles in Scotland. Visit us today and explore the turbulent past of the Clan, the battles and the love stories. Learn more about the Maclean's today and the family who are direct decendents. Enjoy the ancient Keep, ghostly Dungeons, magnificent Banqueting Hall, quaint Edwardian State Rooms and breathtaking views from the Battlements. Duart Castle was featured in a number of Hollywood films such as Sean Connery's, Entrapment (1999), "When Eight Bells Toll" (1971) with Antony Hopkins and "I know where I'm going" (1945). The Castle is open from April through to October every year and hosts a number of Weddings and Events throughout the summer months such as Outdoor Theatre, Military Re-enactments, Music, Storytelling, Birds of Prey and Scottish Pipers and Highland Dancers. Travel to Mull via the Caledonian MacBrayne ferry from Lochaline to Fishnish or from Oban to Craignure. Duart Castle is a 10 minute drive from Craignure or 3 miles by car. The Duart Coach meets the Oban ferry daily throughout the summer. Castle opens 1st April (Sun-Thurs ) & daily from 1st May to 18th Oct.
Reviewed 3 August 2014

It has been substantially rebuilt as some of the exhibits and displays showcase. the entrance from the kitchen and scullery past the 'jail' and water well was very dark and it was difficult to see the structures. Wonder views from some of the rooms and ramparts but overall it was a rather uninspiring offering compared with the likes of Inveraray Castle.

Thank calorieburner
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Reviewed 2 August 2014 via mobile

We enjoyed this castle a good homely feel about It. Some lovely grounds.
Sadly the coffee shop let this place down. This has the potential to offer sooo much more.

Thank Yvonne Y
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Reviewed 30 July 2014

What a great place to visit, weve been lots of times. The grounds are immaculate and the little walk down to the sea at the back of the castle is my favorite. The tearooms are fab, lovely cake and scones.

1  Thank Lorrain M
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Reviewed 29 July 2014

Isle of Mull in general is very beautiful with breathtaking landscape. This place in one of top location there. Very beautiful, scenic and good panoramic views. Good weather always help, after initial few hours of heavy rain, we had good bright conditions so it was not a total loss.
Initially we were thinking to take the bus tour but decided otherwise and drove, that was wroth it as we stopped wherever we wanted.
Even if you don't go inside the castle this place is still worth it.

Thank Manmeet Singh M
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Reviewed 29 July 2014

This is the beautiful castle you see perched proudly on a rocky outcrop as you approach the island from Oban if you take the Cal Mac ferry. V reasonably priced admission. A great labour of love has obviously gone into restoring this gorgeous castle and curating the interesting history of the Clan McClean. In fact, I could have happily learned more about the restoration project itself! The sea room is a particular highlight, it was a beautiful clear day when we went and we could see Ben Nevis in the background. Stunning views are also to be had from the roof, and the many walks to the shore at the base of the castle. Definitely worth a visit.

Thank Lydia W
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