Dunbeg in Argyll and Bute, Scotland, United Kingdom
A Towering Outlook
A Towering Outlook
The superb strategic location of the castle within a network of coastal strongholds, gave it panoramic views in all directions. No vessel — or marching army — could approach Dunstaffnage without being seen.
Dunstaffnage attracted the attention of Scottish kings keen to establish their authority. Alexander II came to capture the castle but died on the way. Alexander III, his son, won the support of its lord, Ewen MacDougall, without firing an arrow.
During the Wars of Independence, John, Ewen's grandson, sided with supporters of the exiled king, John Balliol, against Robert the Bruce. Bruce defeated the MacDougall army near here at the Pass of Brander in 1308 and laid siege to Dunstaffnage. The ancestral home of the MacDougalls passed into royal hands for the next 150 years.
The Jacobite Heroine
Fionnaghal NicDhňmhnaill (Flora MacDonald) saved the life of Bonnie Prince Charlie after the Battle of Culloden by disguising him as her maid when they sailed ‘over the sea to Skye’. She was captured and held prisoner here in 1746 but transported to London and later released.
‘The king yat stout wes stark and bauld
Till Dunstaffynch rycht sturdely
Assaylit [attacked] ye castell it to get’
John Barbour describes Bruce's attack on Dunstaffnage in the 1300s.
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Right: Dunstaffnage was at the heart of the ‘kingdom of the isles’ that included Argyll. It was a key part of a network of strongholds controlled by powerful Gaelic-speaking families.
Location. 56° 27.288′ N, 5° 26.25′ W. Marker is in Dunbeg, Scotland, in Argyll and Bute. Marker can be reached from Kirk Road 1.6 kilometers from Route A85, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Located at Dunstaffnage Castle. Marker is in this post office area: Dunbeg, Scotland PA37 1PZ, United Kingdom.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Justice and Joviality (a few steps from this marker); Behind the Walls (within shouting distance of this marker); Core of the Castle (within shouting distance of this marker); A Hidden Haven (within shouting distance of this marker); Watching, Waiting and Warning (within shouting distance of this marker); Dunstaffnage Castle (within shouting distance of this marker); Falls of Lora (approx. 2.7 kilometers away); McCaig’s Tower (approx. 4.8 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dunbeg.
Also see . . .
1. Dunstaffnage Castle & Chapel. (Submitted on December 14, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
2. Dunstaffnage Castle on Wikipedia. (Submitted on December 14, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
Categories. • Forts, Castles •
Credits. This page was last revised on December 14, 2018. This page originally submitted on December 14, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 33 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on December 14, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.