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Dunstaffnage Castle and Chapel

Trace the rich and colorful history of this ruined 13th-century fortress, the site of heroic battles, royal residences and political imprisonments.

Picture yourself defending Scotland from invaders arriving from the sea or as a government soldier quashing rebellions in the impressive remains of Dunstaffnage Castle. This medieval fortification still has many intact walls and towers and provides an insightful window into Scotland's military past. Its tactical location also provides spectacular views out to sea and the Western Isles.

The oldest parts of the castle, including the curtain wall, were built about 1220 as a fortification to protect the western coast of Scotland. Because of its tactical location, the government garrisoned it during the Jacobite uprisings of the 18th century and used the newer buildings as a prison for the rebels. Walk along the top of the curtain wall, one of the oldest standing castle remains in Scotland. Once a strategic defensive construction, it now serves as the perfect viewpoint for panoramas of the Firth of Lorn.

Behind the walls are the remains of the “new house,” a residential building that doubled as a prison. The much-loved Scottish heroine Flora MacDonald was captured and held here after aiding Bonnie Prince Charlie's successful escape following his defeat in a Jacobite rebellion.

Step into the gatehouse, a three-story building from the early 16th century. The honorary Captain of Dunstaffnage still uses the building as headquarters today, although it is open to the public.

In the visitor center, examine a scale model depicting how the castle would have looked originally. Information boards tell the story of the castle and the factions who competed to control it, including famous Scottish King Robert the Bruce.

Wander through the wooded grounds to find Dunstaffnage Chapel, the ruins of a 13th-century church that fell into disuse after the Protestant Reformation. An adjacent burial aisle houses monuments to the noble families of Dunstaffnage.

Dunstaffnage Castle is open year-round, with closures on Thursdays and Fridays during winter. Ride a bus from Oban to Dunstaffnage College, which is just a 6-minute walk from the castle. The attraction has on-site parking, a café and shop.


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Wide Mouthed Frog £108
Wide Mouthed Frog

Wide Mouthed Frog

     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in Oban, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Loch Linnhe, Dunstaffnage Castle and Chapel and Ganavan Sands. Connel Bridge and Oban War and Peace Museum are also within 6 miles (10 km).

    The Ranald Hotel £70
    The Ranald Hotel

    The Ranald Hotel

    41 Stevenson Street, Oban, Scotland
       
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in Oban, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from McCaig's Tower and 2.5 mi (4 km) from Loch Linnhe. Oban Distillery and St. John's Cathedral are also within 10 minutes. Oban Station is only a 3-minute walk.

      Ards House
      Ards House

      Ards House

      Connel, Oban, Scotland
         
        0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in Oban, this guesthouse is within 1 mi (2 km) of Connel Bridge and Loch Linnhe. Dunstaffnage Castle and Chapel is 2.6 mi (4.2 km) away. Oban Connel Ferry Station is 18 minutes by foot.

        Oyster Inn £165
        Oyster Inn

        Oyster Inn

           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Oban, this inn is within 1 mi (2 km) of Connel Bridge and Loch Linnhe. Dunstaffnage Castle and Chapel and Tralee Beach are also within 3 miles (5 km). Oban Connel Ferry Station is 11 minutes by foot.

          Lochnell Arms Hotel
          Lochnell Arms Hotel

          Lochnell Arms Hotel

             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated on a lake, this hotel is steps away from Connel Bridge and Loch Linnhe. Tralee Beach is 2.5 mi (4 km) away. Oban Connel Ferry Station is 20 minutes by foot.

            Ronebhal Guest House £115
            Ronebhal Guest House

            Ronebhal Guest House

               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Oban, this guesthouse is within 1 mi (2 km) of Connel Bridge and Loch Linnhe. Dunstaffnage Castle and Chapel and Tralee Beach are also within 3 miles (5 km). Oban Connel Ferry Station is 11 minutes by foot.

              The Scot £110
              The Scot

              The Scot

              2 George St, Oban, Scotland
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Oban, this bed & breakfast is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Oban Distillery and 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Loch Linnhe. McCaig's Tower and St. John's Cathedral are also within 5 minutes. Oban Station is only a 2-minute walk.

                Perle Oban Hotel £139
                Perle Oban Hotel

                Perle Oban Hotel

                Station Square, Oban, Scotland
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated by the sea, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Oban Distillery and 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Loch Linnhe. McCaig's Tower and St. John's Cathedral are also within 5 minutes. Oban Station is only a 2-minute walk.