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Dunstaffnage Castle & Chapel

Lochavulin Drive, Oban PA37 1PZ, Scotland
+44 1631 562465
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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.
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Lochavulin Drive, Oban PA37 1PZ, Scotland
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"business park"
in 7 reviews
"an industrial estate"
in 6 reviews
"flora macdonald"
in 6 reviews
"scottish heritage"
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"english heritage members"
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"historic scotland"
in 9 reviews
"information boards"
in 17 reviews
"disabled parking"
in 5 reviews
"worth a visit"
in 27 reviews
"high walls"
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"explorer pass"
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"car park"
in 22 reviews
"interesting history"
in 13 reviews
"great views from the top"
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"small exhibition"
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"an interesting place"
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"lovely location"
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Reviewed 1 week ago

On our way back to Glencoe from Oban, saw the signs so went to investigate. Was surprised to find the road took you through an Inductrial Estate and a newish housing estate! When we arrived we didn't really want to pay the £6.00 entry so...More

Thank LynneShearsby
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Interesting castle ruins, steeped in history. Fabulous location with panoramic sea views from the top of the castle. Good story boards. There is a helpful exhibition room. Welcome toilets and small gift shop. Well worth a visit if nearby.

Thank SGM63
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Yet another lovely castle in the area. Very interesting to wander around and see the different "rooms" and layout.

Thank Michael W
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The route to tha castle is quit difficult, but wilh Google Maps navigation a no-brainer. After some road works we arrived at the lovely scenery of the castle. After visiting Iveraray Castle, the historic meaning of this castle comes more appearend and the significance of...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a small but well preserved castle close to Oban. There is a small fee for entrance but good information about its previous uses. Good views across the water from the top. Nice walks around the surrounding land. Toilets and a small gift shop...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You need a lot more time than you think to visit this very historical site and grounds, Their MacArthur connection could do with some updating.

Thank dmcar88233
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Steeped in history this is a very special place to visit. You can walk round it, in it and onto the high walls. The views are spectacular. There is enough information but it is not cluttered and that made it all the more special for...More

Thank Dannykimweed
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Built around 1220 and you can still see the beauty. We found this as we were driving from point A to point B and luck was on our side. Easy signing on road for a wonderful sight. A lot of walking and through the woods...More

Thank Patricia H
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Reviewed 27 February 2018

Staying in Oban we called in here on way to Fort William, in a lovely location once you drive through the business park! Definitely on my list to visit properly.

Thank annh1957
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Reviewed 6 February 2018 via mobile

After exploring Oban, next one our list was Dunstaffnage Castle. The Castle is signposted but you end up heading towards what appears to be a business park, don’t be fool or confused keep going as the car park is just behind. The views from the...More

Thank Robin W
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Response from Suzie_G07 | Reviewed this property |
Access within the castle limited, but grounds fine
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