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 (2018): Daily, late March to late October
Cost (2018): £6 (adults), £3 (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]|