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Threave Castle

Castle Douglas, Kirkcudbright DG7 1TJ, Scotland
+44 7711 223101
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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.
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Castle Douglas, Kirkcudbright DG7 1TJ, Scotland
+44 7711 223101
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Reviewed 6 days ago

This is a truly great ruin/location. You must walk on a great path about 1/2 mile to get to the small rowboat type boat that takes you about 30 yards over a river to the castle island. What a great location. Take a picnic and...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We planned out trip with friends with a young child the day before when sitting in gorgeous sunshine.... then on the day it poured! We were soaking and muddy before we even got on the boat and despite our lovely boat lady wiping the seats...More

Thank suziecoop01
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

An Historic Scotland site we've visited many times before, but the first since the awful floods a couple of years ago. A gentle stroll down to the river, ring the bell and the ferry boat comes across to collect you. Once across the silence is...More

Thank David S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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...More

Thank Cath H
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...More

Thank Heather S
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,...More

Thank Tris1976
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....More

Thank Gill V
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
Reviewed 11 August 2017

We love visiting old castles etc and so for us this was a must on our holiday. You park in a small designated field and pay at the visitor centre costing £5 per adult. It was a lovely stroll through woodland and fields on a...More

Thank Caroline G
Reviewed 9 August 2017 via mobile

Had a great visit here last week. Boat trip loved by 8 year old (please can it go round the castle as well). Played draughts on the lawn and saw ospreys on the nest. Great visit with well informed staff.

Thank cathscat
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Nonglak L
14 May 2017|
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Response from ByHistoricScotland | Property representative |
Good Morning, Thanks for your message. Below is information about the access at Threave Castle. I hope this helps. Parking There is a level, gravel surfaced parking area. The are no accessible spaces marked. Approach to... More
Sharon J
1 August 2016|
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Response from ac840 | Reviewed this property |
I assume it is as the reverse applies to me in England and it used to when up here when I had a NT card. However when I last visited about three weeks ago, the castle was still temporarily closed due to flood damage and a... More