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Overview

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.

Interpretive Talks: Meet historical characters 

  • Somerled - King of the Isles: 24-26 October
    • Meet King Somerled and hear about life in 12th century Scotland. Find out how the King of the Isles helped to shape the nation we know today.

Included in normal admission price, but booking in advance is required.

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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 (top floor closed)
  • Take our fun fact-finding quiz while exploring the castle. Available on site
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1 Nov to 31 Mar:
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