In Gaelic “small Fort”, this is a site which has been fortified since the 7th century, originally as part of the Dalriada kingdom. The castle has belonged to the MacDougalls (their seat for many centuries) for generations. At one time, the MacDougalls owned 30% of Scottish land – a powerful family to be reckoned with.
The castle was extended by Courtyard fortress and keep in the 1200s and 1400s. In the mid 18th Century, the MacDougalls abandoned Dunollie castle into a newly built more modern home. Dunollie is easily accessible for walkers less than a mile from Oban with a small car parking area and a short steep climb to enjoy wonderful sunsets over the island of Lismore, Kerrera, tiny Maiden island, and Mull.
There has been substantial conservation work carried out on the castle in recent years and you can visit it by visitong Dunollie House and Museum whichis just out of the picture here. The castle and Dunollie grounds are open from April to October each year.