There's a small chapel that lies a couple hundred yards from the castle. The 3rd Lord of Lorn, John Stewart, had an affair with the daughter of MacLaren of Ardvech from which liason, she bore a son, Dugald Stewart. After the death of his first wife, Stewart planned a marriage to MacLaren. On that day, as the lightly armed wedding party made it's way from Dunstaffnage to the small chapel located approximately 180 yards from the castle walls, they were attacked by a superior force lead by Alan MacCoul. Although the MacCoul force was defeated, their henchmen occupied the castle.
A view inside the Dunstaffnage chapel.
One of the chapel windows.
The view approaching the castle. This castle is important to members of Clan MacLaren because of their support for their kinsman Dugald Stewart, First Chief of Clan Stewart of Appin to regain the seat of the Lord of Lorn, lawfully his. Dugald gathered all the adherents of the Lord of Lorn and with the assistance of the MacLarens laid siege to Dunstaffnage, but to no avail. Unbeknownst to Dugald, Colin Campbell, Lord Argyll who seemed to have been involved in the plot, raised a group of MacFarlanes to aid MacCoul in his struggle against the de jure Lord of Lorn. MacCoul's men with the MacFarlanes met the men of Lorn and MacLaren in what was to be known as the battle of Leac a dotha. It was a fierce battle with both sides leaving the field with very heavy losses.