Plain Sailing

Our Guide to Dunstaffnage

Dunstaffnage Marina

Dunstaffnage Marina comes equipped with 180 berths for boats up to 25 metres. The marina is accessible in all tides and weathers. All berths offer water, electric and free Wi-Fi access. The new hoist can lift boats up to 40 tons.

D-Grade Diesel is available on site. There is also an onsite Chandlery shop which restocks almost every day.


The town of Dunbeg is located two and half miles outside of Oban and is a historic village best known for the local castle, which remains a well preserved relic. Dunbeg was originally known as Dunstaffnage, but changed in recent years for reasons unknown. The town itself is not very big, but is also home to the Scottish Association For Marine Science, one of the primary marine science centres in the UK.

The castle itself has been occupied since the 7th century, with the town sprouting up in the 1200’s. The castle is still owned and visited occasionally by the ‘Captain’, a hereditary rank signifying ownership.

Things to see and do

The main attraction is the Dunstaffnage castle itself. Dating back to the 7th century, this castle has been linked with the Stone of Destiny. The stone castle seen today was built in the late 13th century by the Macdougalls and governed until 1309 when it was captured by Robert the Bruce. Clan Macarthur were appointed Captains until 1470 when custody was transferred to the Earl of Argyll who’s family still hold the title today.

The castle has since seen two fires and most of the main buildings are just shells. The walls however remain in good condition and many areas of the site show the passage of time and advancements in warfare upon them.

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Eating and Drinking

A short drive to Oban will leave plenty of choice for restaurants as there is a huge supply of absolutely amazing places. The Oban Seafood Hut has a great selection of freshly caught seafood and boasts excellent service too! Tucked away behind the ferry terminal, it can be a little hard to find but the food is simply divine, whilst remaining cheap too!

Coast Restaurant would also be another of my personal recommendations. Based on the seafront, just down the road from St. John’s Cathedral, Coast offers absolutely great breakfast and evening meals for when you’re feeling a little bit tired of seafood. The service is friendly and fast and the food is delicious. The price is reasonable and will not leave you disappointed.

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Marina Details

Address: Dunbeg, Oban, Argyll, PA37 1PX
Long / Latitude: N 56° 26' 56.01" W 5° 25' 54.40"
Telephone: 01631 566555
Fax: 01631 566555
VHF: Channel 80
Walk-ashore berths: 260
Rates: £2.30/m

Bottled gas, Chandler, Disabled facilities, Electrical supply, Electrical repairs, Engine repairs, First aid, Fresh water, Fuel: Diesel, Hardstanding / Boatyard, Lift-out facilities, Parking, Pub / Restaurant, Pump out, Sail repairs, Shop / Supermarket, Showers, Toilets, Telephone, Visitors berths, Wi Fi

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Getting to the Marina

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By Air

Flights can be booked to either Edinburgh or Glasgow. You can use public transport to head into the centre and out to Oban by bus or rail (see below). Glasgow Airport is actually the closest, at 145km away From Oban, Dunstaffnage remains just a taxi or car journey away up the A85

By Train

Rail travel from Glasgow or Edinburgh is available to Oban (Check for specific times and prices). From Oban, Dunstaffnage remains just a taxi or car journey away up the A85

By Bus

Coaches are available from both cities and will usually take 3 and a half hours from either to Oban. They are cheaper, albeit slower, than the train. From Oban, Dunstaffnage remains just a taxi or car journey away up the A85

By Car

The A85 from Edinburgh or the A82 from Glasgow will both take about 3 hours in total by car. Dunstaffnage itself is located to the North West of both cities. There is however, no free parking available.

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