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Dunstaffnage Castle & Chapel

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Address: Lochavulin Drive, Oban PA37 1QA, Scotland
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+44 1631 562465

Built before 1275 on a huge rock overlooking the Firth of Lorn,...

Built before 1275 on a huge rock overlooking the Firth of Lorn, Dunstaffnage was the mighty stronghold of the MacDougalls.The castle, with its huge curtain wall, was captured by Robert the Bruce in 1309 and remained in royal possession for some years. Dunstaffnage became the temporary prison of Flora MacDonald in 1746.The location – stand on the battlements, overlooking the Firth of Lorn, and see just why the MacDougall chief built his castle where he did. The formidable curtain wall – amongst the oldest standing castle remains in Scotland. The ‘new house’ of 1725 in the courtyard – perhaps where Flora MacDonald was held prisoner. Dunstaffnage Chapel – tucked away amongst the trees, an extraordinary legacy from the 13th century.

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As husband and I keen walkers we decided to do the circular walk from Oban,well worth the effort but only a short trip by car.Worth the visit .Good value castle has lots of... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
Forfar, United Kingdom
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Got the bus to Dunbeg from Oban. Visited Poppy's Garden Centre for coffee the walked down the road to the castle. Fantastic views of surrounding coutryside (there was snow on the hills while we were there). You can pass into SAMS (Scottish Association of Marine Sciences) for an interesting visit on the way to the castle. A very pleasant few... More 

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Forfar, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

As husband and I keen walkers we decided to do the circular walk from Oban,well worth the effort but only a short trip by car.Worth the visit .Good value castle has lots of history.

Thank maureencrighton01
Longmont, Colorado
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

One of my favorite things to do in Scotland was to visit castles. I liked Dunstaffnage because it was simple and to the point. It looked as if almost no modifications had been made to the castle, which provided for a very authentic experience. The castle is small, and once we saw everything, we ventured down to the waterfront for... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

lovely and romantic . castle was smaller than i realised. views were incredible. staff were great and very helpful. the old chapel was fantastic and the signage all around was very informative

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017

went upclose to have a look but was not paying £5.50 in bad weather to look at the castle but when i got closer it was closed so decided to go to water front instead

Thank G_Inspector
Phuket, Thailand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2017

Spent 1 hour visiting this castle (we are members of the national trust so free to us but would cost £5.50 to non members), our visit was in heavy rain so a bit muddy. Don't trust your sat nav to get there, as it took us about 10 minutes to get to the right place. Lovely castle to visit and... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2017

Visited on a cold Sunday Morning, followed the clear signage to small car park about five hundred metres before the castle. Staff member explained about the castle and chapel and things to see. It was an interesting and informative short visit and we will most likely revisit in the better weather and spend a bit more time there. Definitely worth... More 

Thank Roger B
Brisbane, Australia
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2017

All signage advises that the castle site is open all year. Well ... it was thoroughly and securely locked up for the who;e 30-40 minutes I was there. At least 10-12 entry funds were lost because (I believe) the staff member was on lunch. What a waste of time when I though this was going to be quite good!!!!

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ByHistoricScotland, Owner at Dunstaffnage Castle & Chapel, responded to this review

Helene, Thank you for taking the time to review your recent visit to Dunstaffnage Castle and Chapel. We were sorry to hear that you and your guests were unable to gain access. The site is closed Thursday & Fridays in winter (Oct-Mar) and also daily for lunch. This information is advertised across all our visitor-facing information from the Historic Scotland... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

This 13th Century stone castle is sure to please the whole family, be it the active ones, sightseeing ones or the history loving ones. This castle is simply delightful offering a great outing. The car park is a short walk away from the castle itself but it is in a safe area. There is a building close to the castle... More 

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Andover, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017

We visited on a very cold snowy January day, but only found out that the castle was shut when we walked from the car park across the grounds. Shame they did not put a closed sign at the entrance, we would have avoided frost bite!! Still enjoyed walking down to the loch and around the small garden and reading its... More 

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