Dunstaffnage Castle and Chapel

Calling all Scottish history enthusiasts! Do you want to explore some of the sites that are hugely important in the formation of this small nation? If so, Dunstaffnage Castle and chapel is the perfect site for you. Come and feast your eyes on the home of the MacDougall clan, built around 1240. This site is important in the context of Scottish history because it was captured by the famous Robert the Bruce in 1308! While under the control of the MacDougals the site was pivotal in the turbulent times of Scottish and Norwegian battles over control of the Hebrides.

How do I get to Dunstaffnage Castle from Glasgow?

From Glasgow Central you can get the train to Oban, from there, you can get the 405 bus towards Barcaldine. The Castle is a short walk from the MacCallum Court stop.

The Castle also played host to a famous heroine in Scotland’s story. Flora MacDonald had helped Bonnie Prince Charlie of the Redcoats flee to the Isle of Skye following a defeat. For her crimes, she was held at Dunstaffnage before being sent to the Tower of London in 1746. These are of course just some of the stories that these walls have to tell, and the best way to grasp them is to feast your eyes on this beautiful site. The Castle is open from 10am-4pm daily. However, from the 1st of October to the 31st of March, it opens Tuesday to Saturday at the same time. So why not make your way down and immerse yourself in the fascinating history that this site has to offer!

  • Adult admission starts from £6
  • Gift shop
  • Toilets
  • Parking
  • Tea and Coffee self-service
  • Visitor Centre

 

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What's on in Argyll & Bute

Charity Garden Opening - Dal an Eas

8 - 21 August, 2022
An informal country garden with the aim of increasing the biodiversity of native plants and insects while adding interest and colour with introduced trees, shrubs and naturalised perennials. There is a structured garden round the house and beyond there are extensive flower-filled ‘meadows’ with five different species of native orchid. Grass paths lead to waterfalls, vegetable plot, woodland garden, views and ancient archaeological sites. This is a fundraising event for the open garden charity Scotland’s Gardens Scheme which raises money for hundreds of local charities.

KidSpace Sessions

9 - 20 August, 2022
Based on the heritage of Oban, includes cave, fishing boat, shop and much much more.   Price is per child and accompanying adult.

Oban Town Walking Tour

8 - 21 August, 2022
On this 1 hour tour, immerse yourself in the sights and sounds as you travel back through the centuries to discover the history and culture of Oban. Your local, expert guide will bring the gateway to the Isles to life through tales, traditions and stories. Once hailed by Queen Victoria as 'one of the finest spots she has ever seen', you’ll soon see why. From world famous firework fiascos to distilleries and the iconic McCaigs Tower, the history of Oban is just waiting to be discovered! The tour includes: Oban Distillery SS Breda Shipwreck War and Peace Museum McCaigs Tower And more hidden gems! Price: £10 per person (kids under 12 go free) When?: 10:30am Sats/Suns in June & every day in Jul & Aug Duration: 1.5 hours Meeting point: Outside VisitScotland iCentre, North Pier

Scenic Flights from Oban Airport

10 - 21 August, 2022
30 min flight around the sights of Oban and the surrounding area including Castle Stalker, Loch Spelve, Torosay Castle, Island of Mull, Dunstaffnage Castle, Oban Town, Duart Castle, Lismore Light, Eriska, Tralee Bay and North Ledaig Caravan Park

Traditional Scottish Ceilidh Experience

8 - 18 August, 2022
We run regular 2 hours of ceilidh dancing will give our small groups of dancers a true insight to the fascinating music and culture of Scotland. Our expert guides will talk you through the dances so you enjoy an unforgettable evening.

Games Club

11 - 18 August, 2022
Recreational board games club. Enjoy an afternoon of light hearted competition at our weekly Games Club. Play treasured classics like Scrabble, Mahjong and Cards or try out some contemporary favourites like Uno. Teas, coffees and biscuits will be provided (except to cheaters or overly competitive folk). If you have any boardgames you would like to donate to the club please get in touch with our Wellbeing Officer Niki. Requests for new games can be added to the list available at the club.

Landscape Painting Workshop

13 - 14 August, 2022
A full day landscape painting workshop with artist Ellis O’Connor. Learn alternative mark making skills, mixed medium techniques and how to paint the landscape in your own style. Participants will explore various ways to approach mark making using mixed mediums to create texture, detail and depth. Learn techniques for drawing and painting to bring out your inner style and build up confidence in using various tools and materials from nature. All materials are provided and are water-based and environmentally friendly. Participants are encouraged to bring some mark making tools found on the beach, in the forest or other outdoor locations, which will be used in the session. For example: twigs, shells, stones, foliage or other interesting shaped and textured objects. Your tutor Ellis O'Connor holds both an Honour’s and Master’s Degree in Fine Art from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design where she graduated from in 2015. Over the last six years, Ellis has worked as a full-time artist whilst travelling consistently to take part in artist in residence programmes around the world. Most notably, Ellis was one of ten artists selected to take part in the annual Arctic Circle Residency. Taking direct inspiration from the environment, 10 artists were chosen to sail around the Archipelago of Svalbard in the High Arctic. Ellis exhibits her work widely locally and internationally throughout the year as well as tutoring and running art works for public organisations and private clients. Ellis has a deep passion for art and believes it’s one of the most effective tools in exploring connection and using it as an important outlet to navigate through inner emotions. Ellis appeared on BBC's Mortimer & Whitehouse go fishing as well as BBC Scot and Visit Scotland. More info about Ellis' achievements

Creative Walking

13 - 13 August, 2022
Get into the creative 'flow' at our Creative walking sessions with a gentle walk exploring Oban. Take time to breathe in the beauty and touch on a bit of history or information about the area whilst we sit, explore and sketch a feature or write some inspirational quotes prompted by the walk. This will be a nice, relaxed gentle walk for all starting and ending at The Rockfield Centre. Things to take: All weather clothing and footwear i.e. layers, raincoats, sunglasses and sun cream A Snack and drink Something to sit on i.e. a blanket A journal and or a sketch pad Art materials i.e. pencil, rubbers, colouring pencils and any other materials you like to work with Ready-made art packs to borrow for anyone who would like one.

Declan Welsh And The Decadent West

14 - 14 August, 2022
Indie ensemble hailing from East Kilbride, Scotland.

Joy, Jukebox and Juice

16 - 16 August, 2022
Fun sessions for children and families. Enjoy some summer fun with kids crafts, dance, stories and playtime in these creative sessions. Sessions include guided crafts and activities to take part in as well as self-led creative exploration. A Carton of juice and snack will be provided for each child. All craft materials provided. All children must be accompanied by an adult.