The image top is of the path from the car
park out to Dunstaffnage Castle, under a half
mile. The Visitor Centre is situated next to
the Castle on the right, and Chapel ruins about
100 yards to the left in woodland.
The image second top is of the winding
stairs leading up into the Castle.
Dunstaffnage Castle is situated on a
peninsular at the entrance to Loch Etive, with
water on three sides.
Dunstaffnage Castle History
600s - Norway's Kings ruled the Northern and
Western Isles, and some of the West Coast of
Scotland. They appointed local families / Clans
to help rule their land.
1200s - the building of Dunstaffnage Castle
begins for the Lord of Lorn, Duncan MacDougall,
grandson of Somerled.
one of the last Norse warlords to control the
Western Isles and take part in battles on the
Dunstaffnage Chapel is thought to have been
built around this time.
1240s - Duncan's son and heir Ewen portraid
himself as King of the Isles.
1293 - Ewen's son Alexander was made the
first sherriff of Argyll after helping King
Alexander III reduce Norse influence in
1200s late - the MacDougall's supported John
Balliol and John Comyn against Robert the Bruce
in the First War of
1308 - Robert the Bruce defeated the
MacDougall's at the Battle of the Pass
of Brander, then took control of
Dunstaffnage Castle after a short seige. The
Castle was then run as a Royal Castle with
families in charge that were loyal to the
1463 - keeper of the Castle, John Stewart of
Lorn, was stabbed while walking to Dunstaffnage
Chapel to marry his second wife. The assault
was by men of Alan MacDougall, who claimed they
were the rightfull owners of the Castle. John
Stewart is supposed to have married on his
death bed in the Castle.
His death led to the MacDougall's taking
control of the Castle at that time.
1468 - Alan MacDougall was killed at the
Stalc, a battle between the MacDougall's
and Stewart's. John Stewart's son, Dugald
Stewart, was credited with killing Alan