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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
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+44 1389 732167
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"worth the climb"
in 19 reviews
"mary queen of scots"
in 21 reviews
"well worth the effort"
in 8 reviews
"scottish history"
in 11 reviews
"stunning views"
in 18 reviews
"historic scotland"
in 11 reviews
"walk up"
in 4 reviews
"top of the rock"
in 12 reviews
"take your time"
in 7 reviews
"volcanic plug"
in 8 reviews
"information boards"
in 7 reviews
"rock of ages"
in 6 reviews
"steep steps"
in 7 reviews
"clyde estuary"
in 8 reviews
"ben lomond"
in 12 reviews
"entrance fee"
in 6 reviews
"governor's house"
in 4 reviews
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Plenty to see and do. Some fantastic views from the flag pole and other side staff are so friendly make sure you are fit as plenty of steps

Thank den310
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Great views from top if you make it up all those stairs ,not suitable for kids under 5 / older generation . Had lovely weather the day we went ,enjoyed the history surrounding the castle ...

Thank 659Kate
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Really good castle, lots to see, well looked after, very friendly staff, answer all question, if you’ve a problem heights maybe not.

Thank Dave602
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We took time out on a journey to the Outer Hebrides so as to visit the castle and we were not disappointed. An interesting castle with very good views if you can manage the 550 steps to the top. Even if you don't make the...More

Thank Brian M
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A great trip although slightly on the pricey side if you aren’t expecting it. After climbing a fair few stairs the views from the top are superb and definately worth the entry fee. Top can also be quite windy!

Thank harkinchris
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Dumbarton Castle is well worth a visit for all history buffs, the staff are very friendly and helpful and informative, with spectacular views of Dumbarton and across the Clyde to Greenock, Port Glasgow and Glasgow especially on a sunny, it's well worth the climb up...More

Thank margoinglis
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

On the day of the royal wedding of Harry & Megan decided to go to the castle to survey the couples new earldom. Not the easiest of places to get around if your not nibble on your pins. When we were there a lot of...More

Thank jim i
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Reviewed 14 May 2018

I picked this place as it was once controlled by Clan Calquhoun (my ancestors), and I was so happy I did. We loved this place. Be prepared for over 500 steps! So worth the climb to see the views from the top. The actual castle...More

Thank Loretta G
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Reviewed 13 May 2018 via mobile

Beautiful view. the area around the castle is very friendly but there is not enough space for parking

Thank Justyna R
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Reviewed 12 May 2018

Two things to be borne in mind here. First, it is only free for members of Historic Scotland. Second, don't even think about visiting this castle if you are either disabled or physically unfit. You cannot even get to the ticket office without climbing a...More

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nancymckeanfay
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
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Megandblue
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
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John E
31 August 2016|
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Response from Catherine M | Reviewed this property |
No but there is a prison
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