Dunollie Museum, Castle & Grounds is a Heritage Site located 1.3 miles north of Oban. Humans have lived on this site for milleniums, and it has been in the seat of the Clan MacDougall for 1000 years.
Whilst Dunollie Castle is now in ruins, it can still be visited and is especially known for its breath-taking views across Oban Bay and the Isles. Part of the Laird’s House below has been transformed into what is now the 1745 House Museum. It’s permanent display provide an insight in Highland Social History and that of the Clan MacDougall. This years’ temporary exhibition is called ‘Hope Behind the Lens’ and shows a range of photographs of the Oban area over the course of the 20thcentury. The Castle and Museum are surrounded Dunollie’s beautiful Heritage Woodland Grounds which are home to thousands of species.
Dunollie is also home to the Kettle Garden Café which serves delicious home baking, light lunches and refreshments and the Draper’s Shop which collaborates with local artists and artisans to create a range of wonderful items unique to Dunollie including its own tartans and fabrics.
It’s a fantastic family day out with plenty of activities for children, all of its outdoors spaces are dog friendly so everyone is welcome.
Dunollie is open to the public seasonally from April-October with plenty of pre-bookable activities taking place off season too. This Summer it is open Sunday-Friday from 10am – 4pm.
Most of the site is accessible for wheelchair users, however the upper level of the museum and castle unfortunately are not. These areas may also be difficult to reach for some with mobility issues. More information on accessibility is available on our website.
Dunollie is dog friendly however we do ask you furry friend is kept on a lead whilst visiting the site.
Dunollie is a 2 minute drive from the centre of Oban. Heading North, follow the signs for Ganavan.
Exploring on foot?
Dunollie is a pleasant 30 minute stroll along the seafront from the town centre. Join the Dunollie Woodland Trail across from the War Memorial before reaching the entrance to Dunollie Musuem, Castle & Grounds.
Dunollie Museum, Castle & Grounds is run by the MacDougall of Dunollie Preservation Trust (Charity No. SC028091).