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Dumbarton Castle

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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...more
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Castle Road, Dumbarton, Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park G82 1JJ, Scotland
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All reviews worth the climb mary queen of scots scottish history well worth the effort french prison walk up top of the rock historic scotland stunning views william wallace lots of history volcanic plug take your time information boards rock of ages interesting place ben lomond
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Dumbarton Castle is not what you would expect if you were traveling around Scotland visiting Castles. Saying that it is worth the visit and all the stairs to get to the top. There is not a great deal of indoor areas but on a clear...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Little S
Reviewed 13 February 2019 via mobile

Went to the castle for a day out. We took a picnic with us as it was a lovely day. The castle was reasonably priced and has a shop with a fantastic selection of souvenirs to buy. They had souvenirs of all prices to suit...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank karenwE47ZJ
Reviewed 18 November 2018

The castle itself is really small and not much to see there, but a walk around is amazing. You can go around the rock, you can go narrow stairs up to the rock and see the whole Dumbarton and river Clyde yourself. Also, it is...More

Date of experience: November 2018
2  Thank Aida G
Reviewed 6 November 2018 via mobile

Absolutely love this castle it’s a hidden gem and always stop by whenever in the area heading north, it has soooo much history as does the town of Dumbarton, loving the regen going on in the town and can see a tourism boom coming! 100%...More

Date of experience: November 2018
3  Thank scotjam
Reviewed 28 October 2018 via mobile

Soaked in history and incredibly dramatic, this isn’t your usual Castle. The reward for the 500 step climb to the top is one of mixed emotions. On one side - the magnificent view of Clyde, where you can lose yourself in your imagination. Oh what...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank paulrX9062VQ
Reviewed 23 October 2018 via mobile

Very interesting place, not really a castle but a fortified rocky protrusion, well suited to a GOT set I thought. Need to be able to climb a lot of stairs. Great views and fascinating history. Unlike a castle there are very few internal parts, it...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank sumsite
Reviewed 21 October 2018 via mobile

A hidden gem. Not a typical castle, however no less beautiful. Situated on a volcanic rock, it makes for a special view. It’s not busy visited and so very scenery. And this all for £5!

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank MariskaFB
Reviewed 16 October 2018

Well worth visiting this fortress/castle just for the view from Glasgow to Greenock and to Ben Lomond. Also two millenia of Scottish history flowed through this nearly-impregnable site. The early kingdom of Strathclyde, Robert the Bruce, William Wallace, Mary Queen of Scots, Napoleon (almost) and...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank M B
Reviewed 14 October 2018

This volcanic rock is a real landmark on the Clyde estuary. It looks splendid from the river but is well worth the 557 step hike up to the very top. The reward is a 360degree panorama, looking towards Glasgow, then downriver and up towards Ben...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank itchyfeet2014
Reviewed 27 September 2018 via mobile

For £5 this is great value as there are many buildings and places to explore. Lots of history and interesting information to read. Good views out over the Clyde. Would recommend.

Date of experience: June 2018
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Yvonne T
23 February 2019|
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Response from Alex N | Reviewed this property |
It is a lovely place, but probably one of the least accessible I have been to. Sorry!
11 September 2018|
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Response from beachbums_ceo | Reviewed this property |
This is a historic Scotland sight as far as I know there is no exchange between the different historical caretakers. If you do have a voucher for Historic Scotland I do not believe it can be exchanged here. To the best of my... More
Thomaslogue L
25 August 2018|
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Response from David M | Reviewed this property |
hi £5