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Threave Castle

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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...more
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Castle Douglas, Kirkcudbright DG7 1TJ, Scotland
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All reviews boat trip viewing platform ring the bell across the river car park osprey nest small boat nature reserve lovely walk information boards bird watching historic scotland roe bird hide short walk red kites boat takes
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Simply the best, beautiful scenery, great birdwatching. The short, small boat ride was fabulous and the person who drove the boat was incredibly friendly. Every time we went we saw the humongous osprey nest. I couldn’t recommend this place enough.

Date of experience: March 2019
1  Thank Bibcay
Reviewed 15 January 2019

Lovely castle in a scenic setting. Think the walk from the carpark was longer than they indicated but isn't too far to the small boat which takes you across to the castle. Our party was all adults but I'm sure children would love having to...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank yamfan
Reviewed 4 January 2019 via mobile

A long walk from the carpark to the loch ,(800m) unfortunately it was closed for xmas holiday when we went so the boats werent on to take you over to the castle , But we plan to return as it looks like a fabulous castle.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank janniew6
Reviewed 28 December 2018

Excellent Service. Interesting Wildlife and worth another visit. Helpful information about other tourist sites provided

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank lewiswilde
Reviewed 22 December 2018

Signposted from the A 75 there is a large car park,toilets, visitor centre where you buy your tickets and a burger van for refreshments. The site takes both National Trust and Historic Scotland cards. We then walked down a gravel path for about a mile...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank 938fjg
Reviewed 6 November 2018

The lass in the Shop and the 2 x Custodians on the boats helped to make an already unique visit quite special. Well worth a visit.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 3 November 2018

Ok first things first - this is a Historic Scotland property, not National Trust for Scotland so don't confuse it with the gardens and house nearby also called Threave. You will not get free entry if you are in the national trust because the reciprocal...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Abi C
Reviewed 25 October 2018

We loved every minute of our trip, the castle may be small but it has lots of interesting interpretation boards and the views are stunning. The representatives on the island were very helpful and were keen to point out all the best places for spotting...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank TeamMarry
Reviewed 25 October 2018 via mobile

Lovely walk to the castle, ring the bell for the boat custodian and after a short boat ride, life jackets compulsory - you can wander around the castle ruins. There are some scopes set up for wildlife too, there were two Pelegrín falcons in a...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 16 October 2018

We decided to follow the GPS directions to Threave Castle, which actually took us to the opposite side. Unfortunately, we ended up in the drive of a local farmer rather than the expected parking lot, so we went back out on the road again, only...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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29 June 2018|
Response from KateDenby |
The Osprey centre is a small building adjacent to the car parking area for the castle. There is small toilet block there too. Just Park up, wander in, buy tickets and ask any questions you have as the staff all seem very... More
Christine G
25 June 2018|
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Response from rcryall59 | Reviewed this property |
Didn't use sat nav, sorry. Very well signed from Carlingwalk Loch south of Castle Douglas.
Howard B
7 March 2018|
Response from suziecoop01 | Reviewed this property |
Hi Howard no just in the spring/summer.