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Dunstaffnage Castle & Chapel, Oban

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Dunstaffnage Castle is a partially ruined castle in Argyll and Bute, western Scotland. It lies 3mi N.N.E. of Oban, situated on a platform of conglomerate rock on a promontory at the south-west of the entrance to Loch Etive, and is surrounded on three sides by the sea.The castle dates back to the 13th century, making it one of Scotland's oldest stone castles, in a local group which includes Castle Sween and Castle Tioram. Guarding a strategic location, it was built by the MacDougall lords of Lorn, and has been held since the 15th century by the Clan Campbell. To this day there is a hereditary Captain of Dunstaffnage, although they no longer reside at the castle. Dunstaffnage is maintained by Historic Scotland, and is open to the public, although the 16th century gatehouse is retained as the private property of the Captain. The prefix dun in the name means "fort" in Gaelic, while the rest of the name derives from Norse stafr-nis, "headland of the staff".HistoryBefore DunstaffnageBefore the construction of the castle, Dunstaffnage may have been the location of a Dál Riatan stronghold, known as Dun Monaidh, as early as the 7th century. It was recorded, by John Monipennie in 1612, that the Stone of Destiny was kept here after being brought from Ireland, and before it was moved to Scone Palace in 843. However, Iona and Dunadd are considered more likely, given their known connections with Dál Riatan and Strathclyde kings. Hector Boece records that the stone was kept at "Evonium", which has traditionally been identified with Dunstaffnage, although in 2010 the writer A. J. Morton identified Evonium with Irvine in Ayrshire.
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  • It cost over £20 for four of us to visit. Not sure why the cost is what it is as there isn't much more to see than many of the local castles that are free to visit. There is a three storey tower but n...  more »
  • Loved the castle, lots of information about how it would have looked. The chapel is also worth a visit.  more »
  • When it rains here it really rains!! Went round in waterproofs and the dog - which went everywhere inside with us - shivered for hours afterwards! It was worth the discomfort though to see such an int...  more »
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  • never got to see inside as we were to late but get lovely views and the out side of the castle is just lovely and so is the little beach they have.
  • Nice beach for kids . lot's of history in surrounding area. 2nd best unfotographed castle in Scotland
  • Nice place to visit on a sunny day with great views. Plenty of history and the chapel is a must.
  • Friendly staff interesting site to visit
  • Enjoyed the visit. Some nice views, not the sort of place to spend the day but worth a look if your in the area.