Is the boat trip easy for someone of slightly limited mobility please? My companion can walk OK but because of a back problem can not stand for long periods and would have trouble if getting in and out of the boat would involve climbing and scrambling about. Thanks for any advice.
Good Morning, Thanks for your message. Below is information about the access at Threave Castle. I hope this helps.
There is a level, gravel surfaced parking area. The are no accessible spaces marked.
Approach to site
Visitors must travel on a small boat to the Threave Castle Island. The jetty is about 3/4 mile from the car
park along a mostly level gravel path. There are eight wooden gates along the path. They all have ‘easy latch’ opening systems. The jetty is down six concrete steps and visitors must step into and out of the boat.
There are numerous steps that must be negotiated to access the interior of the castle. Both open tread stairs
and narrow spiral stairs lead to the upper levels of the castle, all of which have handrails. Pathways and surfaces on the island are mainly grass and undulate across
the monument site.
There are no toilets on the island. The nearest public toilets are by the car park, and include an adapted toilet
Firstly you need to walk from the car park about half a mile to the boarding location. Whilst the boat trip is very short some 2/3 minutes you do need to go down some steps & actually climb into the small boat that takes you across to the island on which the castle stands. If you can manage it, it's worth the walk just to take in the location & make your own decision about boarding the boat. A bonus is that the osprey viewing platform is only a few yards further along the same path enabling you to view both locations!
Getting in and out of the boat, a dinghy type, could be a problem. Boatman will always help, as will others on the boat. The castle is a ruin on uneven hilly ground, so consider that. It is still worth the walk to the boat area as you can see the castle etc from there.
Could be dodgy. You have to step down about 18" onto a seat in the boat (could be 6" more or less depending on river height) and then down another 12" to the bottom of the boat before sitting down.
Probably best to go and see for yourself. If it's not practical you can still watch the ospreys (viewing platform 50yds further on), and the walk is nice anyway.
As a nearby alternative, Cardoness Castle in Gatehouse of Fleet is a better castle in a less spectacular setting.
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