Historic Scotland
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Opening times

1 April to 30 September:
Monday to Sunday, 9.30am to 5.30pm

1 to 31 October:
Monday to Sunday, 10am to 4pm

1 November to 31 March:
Daily except Thursday and Friday, 10am to 4pm

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Admire the mighty stronghold of the MacDougalls, built before 1240 on a huge rock above the Firth of Lorn. Captured by Robert the Bruce in 1308, the castle remained in royal hands until 1469.

Flora MacDonald was held at Dunstaffnage in 1746 before being sent to the Tower of London for aiding Bonnie Prince Charlie’s escape.

What to see and do

  • Climb up to the battlements to appreciate the superb strategic position of the MacDougall stronghold
  • Stand in awe of the daunting curtain wall – one of the oldest standing castle remains in Scotland
  • Find the very special 13th-century Dunstaffnage Chapel tucked away in the trees
  • Step inside the three-storey gatehouse built around 1500
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