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“Isolated castle with great reflection in the water”
Review of Threave Castle

Threave Castle
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US$42.21*
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Historic Scotland Explorer Pass
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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 6 November 2017

We really enjoyed the walk out to the castle in the early morning--skies were overcast but the castle was charming and we enjoyed photographing the reflection. The dock was flooded so the boat wasn't running to take visitors over to the castle but we still got were able to enjoy the peaceful environment.

Thank sgphoto
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Reviewed 21 October 2017

there are ospreys in the area and the RSPB Volunteers provided a viewing platform to watch the local feeding post we were very lucky as there was an osprey feeding. A great experience - Thanks to the Volunteers

Thank Graham I
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Reviewed 19 October 2017

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.

Thank Jacqueline M
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Reviewed 11 October 2017 via mobile

You need to travel a fair distance on foot to get to the castle but it is a romantic setting I love to visit occasionally. As far as I know it would be very difficult for wheelchair users to access.

Thank Leebee28
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Reviewed 27 September 2017

This was a working castle, as opposed to castles with adornments. It is impressively tall. The jail is grim. You get to and from the castle by motorboat which adds to the adventure.

Thank jim b
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