Admire the mighty stronghold of the MacDougalls, built before 1240.
Dunstaffnage Castle, one of the oldest stone castles in Scotland, is situated on top of an immense rock overlooking the Firth of Lorn near Oban. The former stronghold of the MacDougalls, it was built around 1220 by Duncan MacDougall, the son of Earl Somerled, known also as the ‘King of the Isles.’ Dunstaffnage Castle was built at the height of the battle between Scotland and Norway over the control of the Hebrides. It was once also besieged by Robert the Bruce during the Wars of Independence. Opening times: 1 Apr to 30 Sept: Daily, 9.30am to 5.30pm Last entry 5pm 1 Oct to 31 Mar: Daily except Thur and Fri, 10am to 4pm Last entry 3.30pm Monument may close for lunch.