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Rothesay Castle

Castlehill Street, Rothesay PA20 0DA, Scotland
+44 1700 502691
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Cross the drawbridge over the moat and climb the "bloody stair" to the circular ramparts, or descend into a forbidding pit prison. This doughty stronghold, built in the 1200s was twice besieged and captured by the Norse, who battered down the eastern wall with their axes. A short film tells this remarkable story.
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Castlehill Street, Rothesay PA20 0DA, Scotland
+44 1700 502691
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Visited while on a day trip to the island, really good view from the top, the video played in was a nice touch, very well kept moat, the surroundings and the wee souvenir shop

Thank Yoliana2013
Reviewed 1 week ago

A beautiful ,well preserved and maintained castle with a history of both Scottish and Norwegian Kings

Thank Sandra W
Reviewed 1 week ago

Worth the visit for the historical background about the Scots vs the Vikings. Just a pity that the custodian didn't seem to like visitors from south of the border...More

Thank BigAnnII
ByHistoricScotland, Marketing Executive at Rothesay Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for getting in touch and we are sorry you felt unwelcome at Rothesay Castle. However, we are glad to hear that you enjoyed learning about the history of our fantastic castle. Thank you once again for your feedback and we will look into...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This castle is in remarkable condition, you are able to wander about all over the grounds loads of history another place you must not miss

Thank cbb49
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A very imposing castle, mainly in ruins but with some halls extant. There is an informative 10 minute film that sets the castle in context in a particular period.

Thank Viewlander
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a castle ruin in the centre of town and easy to find. The castle is small if you compare it to most other Scottish castles.But well worth visiting ,the history of this castle is fascinating i was surprised to hear about the connection...More

Thank CarmelGirl333
Reviewed 19 May 2017

First visit to the castle though not to Rothesay. There was more to see than I expected and the castle's connections with the Stuart kings was particularly interesting as was the video presentation. Worth a visit.

Thank 982bill
Reviewed 15 May 2017

What a beautiful castle ruin, and right in centre of town with easy access. Run by Historic Scotland you pay for entry or be a Historic Scotland member and have free entry. There is a great pit prison which you can climb down into. Had...More

Thank Liz C
Reviewed 14 May 2017

Mostly a ruin now but evocative of a bygone era. Lovely to walk around and learn more of Scottish history. Staff appear to be passionate about the place which is contagious

Thank Trez252
Reviewed 13 May 2017

Lovely little castle , fascinating facts , amused to see seagull sitting on golf balls , guide explained it was to keep bird population down , enjoyable hour or som

Thank Sue P
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Is there a hairdryer in th rooms?
24 October 2015|
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Response from Lesley H | Reviewed this property |
Rothesay Castle is a visitor attraction, a ruined castle! So definitely no hairdryers anywhere!
Because we got too old to travel to Scotland I just have numerous questions about Rothesay Castle, at any time were there any McCurdy's connected to this castle?
15 February 2015|
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Response from MMTWillowBeach_ON | Reviewed this property |
I did visit the castle last June but I cannot answer your question. Maybe you could ask at the museum. You might try sending an e-mail to the librarian at the Bute Museum. Good luck! Mary Margaret