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Dumbarton Castle

Castle Road, Dumbarton, Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park G82 1JJ, Scotland
+44 1389 732167
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Dumbarton Castle is located in the ancient capital of Scotland and is spectacularly sited on a volcanic rock overlooking the River Clyde. Conquer more than 500 steps to stand atop one of Scotland’s greatest strongholds. The iconic Rock of the Clyde has heritage as breathtaking as its views over the Clyde, Loch Lomond and Argyll. This dramatic volcanic plug, which is Dumbarton Rock, in-filled the crater of a volcano that was active 350 million years ago. The rock is well exposed and inaccessible on all sides. Click here if you want to learn more about this fascinating geological feature. Admire great examples of 18th century Georgian military architecture and stunning views from the Tower Crag. Throughout Dumbarton Castle’s long history it has been a royal residence and a fortress, and has many fascinating connections from the Vikings to the Scottish Wars of Independence. Mary Queen of Scots sailed to France from here as a child in 1548.
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Castle Road, Dumbarton, Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park G82 1JJ, Scotland
+44 1389 732167
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Top two of the castle visits so far. Can not believe how good it was. Ladies at the ticket shop was so helpful.

Thank CLEA2782
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Great views, very interesting place, and good value. Lots of steps so you will need good shoes, it's well worth the climb

Thank Jet2ers
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We popped by around 6, and the castle was closed, but it was still a nice place to see, and the grounds surrounding the castle are nice.

Thank Thundanutts
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What a great experience didn't expect it to look so good what a view right down the river Clyde fabulous

Thank michelle1089
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A great wee castle to visit if you have a spare afternoon. Loads of history to immerse yourself in. Just be aware that there are a lot of steep steps to get right to the top. Worth the effort though so persevere!

Thank Graeme G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Without doubt one of the greatest fortifications in Scotland. While it may not have the reputation or standing of Stirling or Edinburgh, one only has to visit Dumbarton and climb its many steps to see how strategically important this fortification was in its day. This...More

Thank johnkfenwick
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Located between two rivers, the Castle dominates the area around it. It's a good cardio workout this visit, as there are two summits to climb and lots of steps. The rewards however are well worth it, the views from the top are amazing. There are...More

Thank KennyCowan
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Ok lots of steps and heights but the climbing is broken up by things to do and see and small areas to walk. Well worth it and a good price.

Thank Loraine Y
Reviewed 15 August 2017 via mobile

Situated on the outskirts of the town at the junction between the rivers Leven and Clyde this volcanic rock is the home to what should be as equally famous stronghold as those in Stirling and Edinburgh. Though under repair still enough of it is viewable...More

Thank jim i
Reviewed 14 August 2017 via mobile

An old prison and fort, all that remains are just a few buildings. Lots of stairs to work off some energy for the kids. Great views of the area.

Thank Yysguy
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22 July 2017|
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Response from CAOLILAWELL | Reviewed this property |
Google do not a bad Direction map it's the Dumbarton cut-off from the erskine bridge , about 3miles from bridge , pretty easy
2 September 2016|
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Response from Veronica T | Reviewed this property |
The booklet says 557 some of them quite steep & narrow 1 person wide
John E
31 August 2016|
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Response from Catherine M | Reviewed this property |
No but there is a prison