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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 1 week ago

Amazing Castle. Useful informative handbook available at reception, well worth buying. Friendly helpful receptionist. Good free car park nearby, about 100 metres walk. Stone steps up to castle entrance are relatively steep and irregular. 'Wobbly oldies' in our family group managed them OK.

Thank Mike G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This castle will only take an hour or 90 minutes to cover. It is not too expensive (i remember it being £6pp) However it is a very average castle to visit. The views from the top are pretty photogenic, but did not really have much...More

Thank Anusha17
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Dunstaffnage castle occupies an imposing location on a huge rock above the firth of Lorn The castle has a few rooms left in the portion that was built in the 1500s and its possible to walk round the battlements that afford great views over the...More

Thank moreno510
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very small castle, limited amount of rooms open to the public. Not a lot of information around the place. The visit lasted less than 20 minutes.

Thank Vince H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Spent the morning exploring this awesome castle and grounds. They had it well set up with heaps of information boards telling you about the history of the place. Had a nice veiws of the ocean from the top. Also went for a walk to the...More

Thank Hoadjie
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Seeing this castle does not take as long as some others we visited, but we enjoyed seeing it & are glad that we included it on our itinerary. W got there early & finished ahead of a school group that arrived as we left. There...More

Thank David W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Regretted paying the entrance fee after finding uninspiring, empty ruins. There are toilet facilities and a small souvenir shop on site. On the plus side, it provides access to an attractive rocky beach on the inlet previously used to supply the castle. For us, it...More

Thank Chlamidia
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Adequate sized parking area despite being very busy today. Short walk to the castle. Small exhibition above shop. Visit to the Castle and Chapel were enjoyable, however, I think more info boards especially in the Chapel would be a great help. All in all an...More

1  Thank Thomas O
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Loved this ancient site and were glad that we planned to tour. Informal tour with wonderful views. Like the other castles, provides incite into how battles were fought and royalty lived in ancient Scotland.

Thank Judith S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Amazing ruins and part ruins of a castle, very interesting information given and a lovely spot with beautiful views across the bay. The lovely woodland walk to the chapel ( included in entry fee ) is also worth a visit. There is acess to a...More

Thank RACHEL857
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