Dunstaffnage Castle

Dunstaffnage Castle (HM2CT3)

Location: , Scotland PA37 1QA Argyll and Bute
Country: United Kingdom
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N 56° 27.266', W 5° 26.246'

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Fàilte do Chaisteal Dhùn Staidhinis
Welcome to Dunstaffnage Castle
Duncan MacDougall built this fortress as a statement of his status as Lord of Lorn. It is one of Scotland's oldest stone castles and guards the approaches to Loch Etive.
Warden of the West
In the mid-1100s, Norway controlled Scotland's western seaboard and Somerled, a Gaelic - Norse warlord ruled the 'kingdom of the isles, which included Argyll. When he died, in 1164, his lands were divided among his sons. His grandson, Duncan, built Dunstaffnage Castle in about 1220.
This stronghold has witnessed much of western Scotland's turbulent history. It remains in the hands of the powerful Campbell clan, still watching over the waters of the western seas.
Key
1   Dunstaffnage Castle, perched on its rocky outcrop.
2   Outer walls and a defensive ditch gave extra layers of protection.
3 - Stable blocks were situated outside the castle. You can see the remains of an 18th-century coachhouse.
4   Don't miss the MacDougall family chapel.
5   Boat noosts and a galley-house provided space and shelter for repairing boats.
Timeline
c.1220  Duncan MacDougall   grandson of Somerled (left) builds the castle.
c.1247



  Ewen MacDougall   adds the corner towers to his father's castle.
1308   Robert the Bruce   lays seige to and captures Dunstaffnage.
1470   James III   grants the castle to the Campbells.
1746   Flora MacDonald   is held here after helping Bonnie Prince Charlie to escape.
( photo caption )
Left: An artist's impression of Dunstaffnage Castle in the 1200s. Today's entrance replaced the original drawbridge, around the other side of the castle.
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HM NumberHM2CT3
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Date Added Friday, December 14th, 2018 at 1:03pm PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)30V E 349788 N 6259322
Decimal Degrees56.45443333, -5.43743333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 56° 27.266', W 5° 26.246'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds56° 27' 15.96" N, 5° 26' 14.76" W
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Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Kirk Rd, Scotland PA37 1QA, GB
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