Dunstaffnage Castle & Chapel

Dunstaffnage Castle & Chapel, Oban: Hours, Address, Dunstaffnage Castle & Chapel Reviews: 4/5

Dunstaffnage Castle & Chapel

Dunstaffnage Castle & Chapel
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Historic Sites • Castles • Religious Sites
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
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.
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kliam89
Edinburgh, UK38 contributions
Pretty castle, small but lovely
Sep. 2021 • Family
A lovely castle to visit, a fairly short walk from the car park. Quite small but lots of interesting reading and beautiful views at the top. Cost of the tickets was reasonable I thought .
Written September 16, 2021
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mark s
Livingston, UK483 contributions
Worth a visit
Sep. 2021
Was impressed from the outside, been to Oban and never visited. I am a member of Historic Scotland, but it was Covid closed, always next time. Worth visiting though.
Written September 7, 2021
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Soozy79
Aberdeen, UK91 contributions
One of the smaller castles but worth a visit
Sep. 2021 • Family
Visited as we were staying nearby in Connel and have Historic Scotland membership. One of a few properties in the area they run. One of the smaller castles but still worth a visit - lady at the ticket office was really nice & informative. Good use of QR codes to direct you to videos with info on the castle. Lovely views towards Connel & Ardmucknish Bay.
Written September 6, 2021
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Jane D
Manchester, UK37 contributions
Lovely point of interest and dogs are allowed too
Aug. 2021
Ended up here after walking from Ganavan Sands. Reasonably priced and dogs were allowed in the building too. It's an accessible castle - not one of the largest ones we've seen but really well laid out (so to speak!) and we appreciated the drawings which showed what the castle would have looked like from certain viewpoints. The indoor bit was a bit boring with not much to see and it would have been great if the shop offered more than water or iron bru in terms of refreshments for two hungry and thirsty walkers! The chapel was worth a visit too, just to read the headstones/plaques which were interesting.
Written August 24, 2021
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Sunny_JLa
Harringay, UK227 contributions
Not enough information for visitors
Jul. 2021
One of many castles in Scotland. It's significant historically but unfortunately there's very little information on site to understand more about it's history and also what makes it special architecturally. It could be a brilliant experience for a tourist wanting to know more but not much has been done to the site to make it so.
Written August 4, 2021
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TrailBlazer14039
Nottingham, UK27 contributions
Great slice of history
Jul. 2021 • Friends
The castle itself was not open when we visited due to ongoing covid restrictions. Despite this, there was still plenty to do. The short walk to the ruined Chapel was pleasant and the Chapel had lots of historic information for history geeks! We followed the path through the woods to two small bays. The sea is accessible and this would make an excellent picnic spot or a place for a dip in the water. Parking is free and it is well signposted.
Written July 31, 2021
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Wilbur M
4 contributions
5 out of 5 legendary status
Oct. 2020 • Couples
This was an absolutely fantastic experience. Whether you have links Scottish heritage (Sumerled, Dougall, Donald, McDougall or Bruce) this is a truly fantastic place for a day out.

The tour guide is an absolutely entertaining legend and I will definitely come again.
Written October 31, 2020
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Mishy1980
Aberdeen, UK136 contributions
Lovely Ruin
Oct. 2020 • Solo
This was recommended by my tour guide, lovely setting, great history and plenty of boards detailing the history of the castle. The little chapel was a hidden gem. Would recommend this as a visit if ever in Oban
Written October 31, 2020
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Susan M
Coldingham, UK225 contributions
Morning visit
Sep. 2020 • Friends
We arrived to be told we then had to get our tickets online. The castle was nice with a few history boards out on the way round. The views from the castle ramparts were awesome. We also went to the chapel which was interesting as well and the walk round the castle was great. Worth a visit if in the area. Social distancing was in place as was sanitisation.
Written September 28, 2020
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taryn k
San Diego, CA116 contributions
Lovely ruins if you're in the area
Jul. 2019
We stopped by on our way to Oban and I'm glad we did. Nice ruins and a lovely forest. Our group of 9 all enjoyed it, the kids loved running around in the forest.
Written May 8, 2020
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