There is quite a long walk which can be muddy leading down from the visitor centre to the riverside where you take a trip across the river to the castle, so wear walking boots or wellies in wet weather.
When we reached the jetty we rang a bell and the boatman travelled across to meet us. He was really friendly and so knowledgeable. There are information boards at the castle but he took the time to explain the history, tell us some stories and told us about archeology studies in the grounds and about a pair of birds of prey who live in the castle. It was so nice to see someone so enthusiastic about their job even on such a wet and driech day.
Threave Castle is a massive tower house, built in 1369 as a stronghold for the Black Douglases and stands 30m tall.
I wouldn't recommend the castle to anyone a bit unsteady on their feet as it is a lot of climbing about and uneven spiral stairways.
A really informative and enjoyable visit, well until the heavens opened.
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