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“Lovely hour spent”
Review of Threave Castle

Threave Castle
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US$42.21*
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 1 September 2017 via mobile

Came here by chance and was delighted by how lovely it all was. First a pleasant stroll around 15 min to the boat jetty. On the way saw some roe deer and lots of other wildlife. Very short but enjoyable boat trip to the island and then a walk round the castle to enjoy its history. Would have gone to the osprey viewing point but heard the ospreys had set off home.
Overall a lovely time spent here and would recommend.

Thank Cath H
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Reviewed 20 August 2017

This was our second visit to Threave Castle. 15 years ago there was no visitors centre or toilets and you were rowed across the the island. Now, there is a small visitors centre and good toilet facilities, but it means the walk to catch the boat to the island is longer. Not a problem to us, but some visitors may need to be aware, hence only the four rating.

The boat is now a small motor boat, but waiting to catch it and go across is still great fun. We just missed seeing the peregrine falcons, although we heard them, but by going in early July, we did see Ospreys nesting.

The island itself is quite a romantic spot, with absolutely nothing there except the castle itself and some benches. Really quiet and lovely place. Highly recommended if you are reasonably mobile.

Thank Heather S
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Reviewed 19 August 2017 via mobile

We especially love visiting castles as a family so when staying in the area we simply had to go. The family ticket for £16 was great value as it included a short boat trip across the river and back afterwards. The castle itself, although small, was interesting to see and read about and it was lovely to have our picnic with the historic building and the river as the backdrop. Our daughters played a game of draughts on the giant board outside the castle and there was also the chance to see ospreys from a special viewing platform and check out some further wildlife in the nearby bird hide reached via a short walk through woodland.

Thank Tris1976
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Reviewed 13 August 2017

This castle is unusual because you have to get to it by boat. The castle itself is interesting but the whole visit was made special -especially for our two little granddaughters- by putting on life jackets and going for a (brief) ride in a boat.
Although our two dogs couldn't come over with us they had a walk getting to it of about fifteen minutes then my husband stayed with them and walked them further.
Just nearby there is an Osprey viewing platform with two experts with binoculars set up.

Thank Gill V
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Reviewed 13 August 2017 via mobile

Huge displays of beautiful herbaceous borders in landscaped and walled gardens. Unusual plants to see with informative staff and RHS students who gave us names of plants. We particularly loved the bee!

Thank jan h
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