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“Duart Castle tea room”
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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 20 August 2014

I was holidaying with an elderly friend and we visited this tea room for lunch. Very friendly staff, lovely setting and amazing display of cakes. I had a really good jacket potato with cheese (shame no salad) and my friend had a toasted cheese sandwich. The toastie was not such a good experience - it had obviously been made with toast and then melted in the microwave; the edges were so hard it was just impossible for my friend to eat.

1  Thank Weaver W
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Reviewed 19 August 2014

The Clan MACLEAN have a beautiful castle that is relatively isolated by water. As do most castles, it sits high above the waterline looking towards Loch Linnhe. It is a 45 minute ride on the ferry from Oban to Craignure. If you are driving in and not part of a tour, by bus, you'll find the single track roads a bit narrow and curvying. Stay calm and drive carefully. The castle is not far , and is well worth the drive. Pictures are allowed outside only. There are many rooms , pictures, furniture and artifacts to see there. There are people located along the way to give you information and historical facts, and will answer your questions. You are free to walk along the rocks , near the water and view this place from anywhere you choose. There is a separate gift shop and coffee shop there as well, with inside and outside seating for your enjoyment.

Thank Darrell P
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Reviewed 18 August 2014

To say on our arrival it was blowing a gale with rain was an understatement, there is nowhere to hide from the element from the car park to the castle entrance very open, can't imagine how they coped without our modern day jackets etc.

Anyway in we went to the courtyard and through into the kitchen, then dungeon, thankfully we had the i torch app to see down the well and allowed a better view of a cell.
Off up the stairs to the main room where there was a display of swordsmanship. This was very good as one of the men explained the stories behind Rob Roy and actually had a real sword of his which for me was amazing to see that bit of history my wife and girls had already wandered off!

The castle is very family orientated towards the McClean clan which for me was very nice as it showed a personal side of the castle rather than a history of many owners.
Plenty of family pictures dating right back up to the present day, nice to see the children grow up through the years.

We went to the tearoom for a warm drink and cake. We had 3 hot chocolates, 1 tea, and 4 slices of cake which came to about £11 I think, much cheaper than Costa Coffee and the cakes are homemade, I can thoroughly recommend the Gingerbread cake and the fruit cake so nice, also there was the carrot cake and the chocolate sponge.
Not bad prices for a meal £7:50 for soup and a roll and a jacket potatoe.
They also do toasties/panini's for about £3 each.
There is a Los a nice little gift shop with plenty of little trinkets and so natty little gift ideas!

A nice nice trip out the only pain is the single track roads, Grrr!
Never mind I will be back on a motorway soon wishing I was back on that single track looking at the beautiful scenery.

This castle is well worth a half day visit, on a nice day the picnic will be lovely out on front of the cannons, rather than in the car!

2  Thank MrsDisney2013
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Reviewed 14 August 2014

It really depends what you are expecting, this is not a massive castle and most of the information relates to the last 100 years. Whist many of the signs are hand written I think this just adds to the charm, the whole place feels much more like a home than those run by the national trust etc. We really enjoyed the insight into the family especially the photos which covered so many years, you can see children grow up, get married, have children who then get married. The small grounds are worth a walk round too with nice views in every direction.
Went to the coffee shop for lunch before the castle, the selection was not great but we all managed to find something we liked and we went back after the castle for a cake and another drink. Two visits to the coffee shop, and the castle came in under £40 for the 3 of us
A great day out and good value

1  Thank Akbrad
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Reviewed 12 August 2014

Whilst the open to the public area of the castle is relatively small it has a lot of history and contains a number of items of interest. To sum up it was a reasonable experience for a small establishment.
It has a small restaurant which provides a reasonable menu for a small establishment and the food was generally good.

Thank steamermike
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