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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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  • Not a destination in its own right, but worth visiting if you're in the area. You can go inside part of the castle and walk on the walls. Information boards to help you understand the history of the.....  more
    Not a destination in its own right, but worth visiting if you're in the area. You can go inside part of the castle and walk on the walls. Information boards to help you understand the history of the.....  more »
  • Great location and plenty of walking to do around the site. A chapel and seafront area to explore. The castle had plenty of information boards explaining its history. There are stairs to the top... 
    Great location and plenty of walking to do around the site. A chapel and seafront area to explore. The castle had plenty of information boards explaining its history. There are stairs to the top...  more »
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  • The castle is good and most is intact. Entry fee is approx £7 per person. Good view. The chapel is accessible as well but the tombs are cordoned off by a gate on one side and a neck high (5ft) wall but the place is nice and calm and pleasant. And one can imagine how peaceful the life would've been during the early days of the castle and chapel. Around 700yrs ago. All the glory.
  • Great atmospheric castle. If you are in to castles this is a good little one. You can walk the walls. There isn't much to see apart from the ruin, but the ruin us good

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