Dunollie

[Dunollie Estate]

Oban can feel a bit claustrophobic on summer weekends, so on a busy day it might be wise to head up the coast road to the north. Dunollie Castle sits perches precariously on a rocky bluff overlooking the main ferry routes out of Oban Bay. The estate is currently a good option for escaping the crowds: as a tourist attraction, it's only a few years old but gradually becoming better known, with the visitor experience seemingly improving year-on-year. Newer Dunollie House (dating to 1745) is now a museum about the MacDougall clan, with an old weaving cottage also open to visitors as well as surrounding woodland.

[Dunollie Castle seen from the ferry to Mull (July 2017)]

Name: Dunollie ★☆☆
Location: Off Ganavan Road, a mile north of Oban town centre, G.R.: NM 852315 / economics missions ruin
Open (2017): Daily, April to late October
Cost (2017): £5.50 (adults), £2.80 (children)

[The castle's ivy looked charming, but was damaging the stonework and was removed during 2016]

[Excellent views over busy Oban Bay and Kerrera (middle) from the castle]

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