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Dunollie castle

Dunollie castle is a small ruin located on a hill above the town of Oban, Scotland. It commands a view of the town, harbor and, outlying isles. The ruin is accessible by a short, steep path. There is no entrance fee, nor is there parking space below the castle. Download high resolution version (750x1000, 742 KB)This is a file from the Wikimedia Commons, a repository of free content hosted by the Wikimedia Foundation. ... Download high resolution version (750x1000, 742 KB)This is a file from the Wikimedia Commons, a repository of free content hosted by the Wikimedia Foundation. ... Other meanings: See Oban (disambiguation) Categories: Stub | Scottish seaside resorts | Towns in Scotland ... Scotland (Alba in Scottish Gaelic) is a country or nation and former independent kingdom of northwest Europe, and one of the four constituent parts of the United Kingdom. ...


There was a fortification on this high promontory (Dun Ollaigh) in the days of the kingdom of Dalriada in the 7th century. Dalriada or Dál Riata (as it was called in Ireland) was the kingdom of the Scotti, who migrated from County Antrim in Ulster to Argyll and eventually gave their name to Scotland. ...


Ewan MacDougall, the third chief of the MacDougalls, probably built a castle there in the 13th century. The existing castle ruins date from the 15th century.


The MacDougalls, the Lords of Lorne, were direct descendants of Somerled, Lord of the Isles, at a time when the Western Isles were part of Norway. Dougall, Somerled’s son held most of Argyll and also the islands of Mull, Lismore, Jura, Tiree, Coll and many others in the 12th century. Argyll, sometimes called Argyllshire, is one of the traditional counties of Scotland. ... Tobermory with 700 people, the largest settlement on Mull, is home to the only whisky distillery on the island. ... Lismore can refer to any of the following places: Lismore, Scotland, an island in Scotland Lismore, New South Wales, a city in Australia Lismore, a town in County Waterford, Ireland Lismore, Minnesota, a city located in Nobles County, Minnesota. ... Jura shown within Argyll Jura is a Scottish island, in the Inner Hebrides. ... Tiree shown within Argyll Tiree is an island in the Scottish Inner Hebrides south west of Coll. ... Coll shown within Argyll Coll is an island in the Scottish Inner Hebrides, west of Mull. ...


The MacDougalls lost the land after siding with MacDougall kinsmen, the Comyns, and fighting against Robert the Bruce. John Stewart of Lorne returned the estates to the clan. Robert I, King of Scots, usually known as Robert the Bruce (July 11, 1274 – June 7, 1329, reigned 1306 – 1329), was, according to a modern biographer (Geoffrey Barrow), a great hero who lived in a minor country. ...


The Marquis of Argyll captured the castle in 1644, but it was returned to the MacDougalls in 1661. In 1746, the MacDougalls abandoned Dunollie Castle and built Dunollie House just downhill from the castle ruins.

Old vine on Dunollie castle
Oban Bay from Dunoille Castle courtyard

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Dunollie Castle - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (253 words)
Dunollie Castle is a small ruin located on a hill north of the town of Oban, on the west coast Scotland.
Ewan MacDougall, the third chief of the MacDougalls, probably built a castle there in the 13th century.
The Marquis of Argyll captured the castle in 1644, but it was returned to the MacDougalls in 1661.
Famous Historic Scotish Castles (4097 words)
Castle Tioram's primary importance is as a principal stronghold of the Kingdom/Lordship of the Isles and seat of Clanranald for over 500 years from the late fourteenth century onwards.
Dunollie Castle, Oban, was built on a in the 12th century, probably by Ewan MacDougall, 3rd chief of the MacDougalls.
Dundonald Castle is a fortified tower house built for King Robert II on his accession to the throne of Scotland in 1371 and it was used as a royal residence by the early Stewart kings for the next 150 years.
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