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Dunstaffnage Castle & Chapel

Lochavulin Drive, Oban PA37 1QA, 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 1QA, Scotland
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Really nice castle built on a large rock outcropping. Most of the outbuildings are ruins but the main tower house has been restored. Quite a lot to see and the views from the top are good. It must have taken quite an effort to dig...More

Thank Hankfiji
Reviewed 1 December 2017

There are ruins of two castles in Oban, and we visited both of them. If you're going to see only one, this is the one I would recommend. There is a reasonable entrance fee, and once you're admitted, you can wander about at your own...More

Thank lewis314
Reviewed 20 November 2017

Excellent walk up to Dunstaffnage Castle and around the grounds. Very imposing 13th century castle in attractive grounds and a woodland setting next to the sea. Display boards were informative and the architecture impressive especially the manner of construction whereby the builders had so cleverly...More

Thank John C
Reviewed 15 November 2017 via mobile

Impressive castle with well maintained grounds. Fantastic views from the top on a clear day. Has toilets and a small shop to buy tickets. Dont forget to visit the chapel in the woods while you are there.

Thank cmacki22
Reviewed 29 October 2017

Husband and I went for afternoon visit on bus from Oban. Lovely place so peaceful. I visited the castle but my husband didn't attempt the stairs. Had a nice cup of coffee before the lovely walk back to bus.

Thank jamysb11
Reviewed 17 October 2017 via mobile

I had always wanted to visit the castle but never got around to it, but on a rainy day decided to take my family. They really didn’t want to go, especially because it was raining. Once we got there the rain had stopped and the...More

Thank gordonascott
Reviewed 7 October 2017 via mobile

The castle is approached by narrow roadway after parking in the car park. As you approach the impressive well preserved castle is in front of you. Well presented information on the site describing its colourful history. Worth a visit in any weather, pouring when we...More

Thank Andrew G
Reviewed 4 October 2017

The Castle was very interesting and worth a visit. While there we also visited the Ocean Explorer Center which was excellent and a must to visit for both adults and children.

Thank Macnab H
Reviewed 2 October 2017

A must visit part of Scotlands past this Castle has an interesting history with King Robert the Bruce staying here and the famous Stone of Destiny hidden here! - the Castle has a lot of interesting features including a very deep well which goes down...More

Thank alamemco
Reviewed 2 October 2017 via mobile

On the way into Oban from the north is a small signpost to the castle. Turning off the main road you drive through an industrial estate and wonder where you are going. At the end is a car park overlooking a bay. If you get...More

Thank Ken R
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Response from princessba | Reviewed this property |
Yes, in fact, I saw a couple walking their two dogs when I was there.
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