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Dumbarton Castle

Castle Road, Dumbarton, Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park G82 1JJ, Scotland
+44 1389 732167
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Dumbarton Castle is located in the ancient capital of Scotland and is spectacularly sited on a volcanic rock overlooking the River Clyde. Conquer more than 500 steps to stand atop one of Scotland’s greatest strongholds. The iconic Rock of the Clyde has heritage as breathtaking as its views over the Clyde, Loch Lomond and Argyll. This dramatic volcanic plug, which is Dumbarton Rock, in-filled the crater of a volcano that was active 350 million years ago. The rock is well exposed and inaccessible on all sides. Click here if you want to learn more about this fascinating geological feature. Admire great examples of 18th century Georgian military architecture and stunning views from the Tower Crag. Throughout Dumbarton Castle’s long history it has been a royal residence and a fortress, and has many fascinating connections from the Vikings to the Scottish Wars of Independence. Mary Queen of Scots sailed to France from here as a child in 1548.
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Castle Road, Dumbarton, Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park G82 1JJ, Scotland
+44 1389 732167
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Could not manage the steps this time for the view - but I remember it being pretty special. We also took a little stroll along the foreshore.

Thank Anthony L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nice, cute place to visit, with beautiful view from the hill 360°. Nice, small exhibition, cute lamps! A lot of stairs to climb, but is worth it! Explorer pass accepted

Thank Zsofi H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Apart from the 356 stairs to the top and the view there is nothing else,,,very poor for the price of the entry fee ,,wild horses could not drag me back!!!

Thank davidmT4517DN
Reviewed 9 October 2017

Amazing Castle.. Dumbarton Castle has the longest recorded history of any stronghold in Scotland. It overlooks the Scottish town of Dumbarton, and sits on a plug of volcanic basalt known as Dumbarton Rock which is 240ft high. Its is amazing ...with the views to match!!

Thank LauriannFarmer
Reviewed 2 October 2017

Beautiful views, very interesting place, and you can learn more from history of local region. Entrance fee very reasonable.

Thank Stanislav J
Reviewed 1 October 2017 via mobile

Wow, what an amazing place to visit, the staff were very friendly and knowledgable about the relevant history. The view from the top of the castle was spectacular, the castle is steeped in history and a must to do if in the area. It does...More

Thank fionahallen
Reviewed 19 September 2017 via mobile

Top two of the castle visits so far. Can not believe how good it was. Ladies at the ticket shop was so helpful.

1  Thank CLEA2782
Reviewed 17 September 2017 via mobile

Great views, very interesting place, and good value. Lots of steps so you will need good shoes, it's well worth the climb

Thank Jet2ers
Reviewed 6 September 2017

We popped by around 6, and the castle was closed, but it was still a nice place to see, and the grounds surrounding the castle are nice.

Thank Thundanutts
Reviewed 6 September 2017 via mobile

What a great experience didn't expect it to look so good what a view right down the river Clyde fabulous

Thank michelle1089
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22 July 2017|
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Response from CAOLILAWELL | Reviewed this property |
Google do not a bad Direction map it's the Dumbarton cut-off from the erskine bridge , about 3miles from bridge , pretty easy
2 September 2016|
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Response from Veronica T | Reviewed this property |
The booklet says 557 some of them quite steep & narrow 1 person wide
John E
31 August 2016|
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Response from Catherine M | Reviewed this property |
No but there is a prison