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Threave Castle

Castle Douglas, Kirkcudbright DG7 1TJ, Scotland
+44 7711 223101
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Cross the River Dee by boat to visit this enchanting castle on its own island. Once the bustling base of its creator, Archibald the Grim, it is now an ideal spot for exploring, picnicking and perhaps, painting. The island is rich with wildflowers in summer; you might also see ospreys and otters hunting in the river. The castle was besieged by King James II for two months in 1455, and fell after the king bribed the garrison to surrender.
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Castle Douglas, Kirkcudbright DG7 1TJ, Scotland
+44 7711 223101
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Reviewed 3 August 2017 via mobile

Had a great afternoon visiting the castle with 2 excited children, they totally loved the boat crossing and learning the history of the castle from the boat lady. Went to the bird watching area but never saw an osprey but spotted a deer and a...More

Thank sharon c
Reviewed 2 August 2017

We found Treave Castle well worth a visit. However we were very disappointed in Castle Down & Dumfries Towns which were run down and unattractive. If tourists are to be attracted the towns need to improve. Dirty pubs, few restaurants, drunken teenagers at night.

Thank ClontarfPorky76
Reviewed 30 July 2017

From the front gate to the boatsman that takes you over the river to the castle, super people and very knowledgeable. Its a 800m walk from the car park to the jetty however we really enjoyed it. There was a camera set up so you...More

Thank sanjaypabiatel
Reviewed 28 July 2017 via mobile

Great information on arrival, headed down the track (which had a good few puddles after all the rain) but thanks to the volunteers and their awesome telescope and binoculars got to see the osprey mum and her two young! Brilliant. It was late in the...More

Thank Lynsey2812
Reviewed 23 July 2017

The young had just fledged but the female was on a post eating a fish. Then one of the young returned to the nest and the male brought another fish. Magic experience and the volunteer was so helpful.

Thank Anita C
Reviewed 13 July 2017 via mobile

Came over half term, the man who manned the boat was exceptionally informed and amusing - we spent a good half an hour discussing the place and it's history/people and more besides - the castle was great, the wildlife even better. We saw the birds...More

1  Thank Sharon E
Reviewed 4 July 2017

Stopped off here for a visit during our stay in Dumfries. Loved the wee boat trip across to the castle. It is a bit of a walk from the car park to the boat (approximately 800m), but the path is very smooth and well signposted....More

Thank TheLaingFamily
Reviewed 2 July 2017 via mobile

I've visited a few castles in my life, but this one was by far the best. Firstly, you can visit the grounds and the area, including the Osprey and Falcons, (these are wild and not kept), all for free. For three of us, (2 adults...More

Thank Darren P
Reviewed 30 June 2017

I Took my grandson to Threave Estate and the highlight for him was ringing the bell to get the boatman and boat over the water to the Castle. the dungeon was awsome too!We also enjoyed the wooded walks around the estate and finished with lovely...More

Thank Cathie T
Reviewed 29 June 2017 via mobile

Great value for money - £12 for concession, adult and 5yr old child. Lovely 0.5 mile walk down to the river, ring the bell for the boat to cross the river to collect you and take you across to the other side where the castle...More

Thank Hopmeister
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Nonglak L
14 May 2017|
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Response from ByHistoricScotland | Property representative |
Good Morning, Thanks for your message. Below is information about the access at Threave Castle. I hope this helps. Parking There is a level, gravel surfaced parking area. The are no accessible spaces marked. Approach to... More
Sharon J
1 August 2016|
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Response from ac840 | Reviewed this property |
I assume it is as the reverse applies to me in England and it used to when up here when I had a NT card. However when I last visited about three weeks ago, the castle was still temporarily closed due to flood damage and a... More