Dunstaffnage Castle and Chapel

Dunstaffnage Castle and Chapel

Dunstaffnage Castle -  One of Scotland's oldest stone castles

Dunstaffnage Castle is situated on top of an immense rock overlooking the Firth of Lorn near Oban, guarding the seaward approach from the Firth of Lorn to the Pass of Brander – and thereby the heart of Scotland.

From the rugged battlements of this strategically sited castle you can see how it once dominated Loch Etive. The former stronghold of the MacDougalls, it was 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 over the control of the Hebrides. The castle was once also besieged by Robert the Bruce during the Wars of Independence. Flora MacDonald was imprisoned here after helping Bonnie Prince Charlie escape Scotland. Dunstaffnage Chapel, an extraordinary legacy from the 13th century, is tucked away amongst the trees.

Opening times:

1 Apr to 22 Dec:

  • Daily except for Thur and Fri, 10am to 4pm

23 Dec to 4 Jan:

  • The grounds will be accessible, but castle will be closed

5 Jan to 31 Mar:

  • Daily except for Thur and Fr, 10am to 4pm

For guaranteed entry please book your tickets in advance.

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