Dunstaffnage Castle, Oban
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Dunstaffnage Castle is steeped in Scottish history. Built around 1220, it is one of the oldest stone castles in Scotland. Dunstaffnage was the site of numerous Scottish skirmishes. It was the stronghold of the MacDougalls and later the Campbells, two important Scottish clans. The MacDougalls held back the Norseman at this wall of stone from 1220 to 1260. Dunstaffnage Castle saw action during the Wars of Scottish Independence. It was captured by Robert the Bruce in 1309. The castle's war chronicles continued after it was granted to the Campbells around 1460. The Campbells and Crown duked it out at Dunstaffnage for nearly 300 years. Flora McDonald was held prisoner here in 1746.
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Clan MacDougall is a Scottish Highlands kinship group. All members of the clan share a common parentage and are related through their fathers. Dugald, the 13th century ruler of Mull and Lorne, is the founding member of Clan MacDougall. The clan once ruled much of Argyll and Scotland's western islands. The MacDougalls lost most of their land in the early 1300s when they backed the wrong side in the Wars of Scottish Independence. The clan made the same mistake in the 18th century. The MacDougalls supported the loosing side in the Jacobite Risings. This time, the MacDougall chief was forced to leave Scotland. He was later pardoned.
 
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A ruin not a residence

Submitted on 04 March 2010 by snowedunder from Monza, Italy
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Dunstaffnage Castle isn't a stately residence but rather an old stone ruin. You won't see spectacular gardens or ornate furnishings at Dunstaffnage; instead, you'll see a bastion and get a peek at an earlier period in Scottish history. Of note, Dunstaffnage Castle commands a stunning view.
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