Dunstaffnage Castle

Dunstaffnage Castle
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Dunstaffnage Castle

The substantial ruined remains of Dunstaffnage Castle lie on a headland to the north of the village of Dunbeg, 2 miles (3 km) north of Oban on Argyll and Bute. Maintaining a strategic position on the Firth of Lorn at the mouth of Loch Etive, Dunstaffnage was built in the 13th century by the MacDougalls. In 1309 it was taken by Robert the Bruce who gave it to the Campbells who held it intermittently until 1858.

Dunstaffnage was previously one of the seats of the ancient Kingdom of Dalriada from the 7th to the 9th centuries. It was abandoned as the Vikings took control of the Inner Hebrides and parts of the Argyll.

The castle was drawn in 1815 by William Daniell (1769 - 1837) with the resulting aquatint published in his Voyage Round Great Britain.

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