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“A really nice experience”
Review of Threave Castle

Threave Castle
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US$41.70*
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Owner description: 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 summer; you might also see ospreys and otters hunting in the river. The castle was besieged by King James II for two months in 1455, and fell after the king bribed the garrison to surrender.
Reviewed 19 July 2014

The castle is beautiful. Surrounded by water, you are taking across on a small boat. The views from the upper floors are impressive. Just along from the castle you can also view Osprey's and their chicks. A really nice experience which all the family enjoyed.

Thank gordonm539
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Reviewed 14 July 2014

A pleasant walk takes you to the ferry and thus to the castle. Lots of nooks and crannies to explore. After the return trip, it is a short walk to the Osprey viewing station.
Well worth the trip.

Thank Douglas M
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Reviewed 8 July 2014

Having been to Threave nature reserve before we didn't take the boat trip across the river Dee onto the island on which Threave Castle stands, it didn't seem to be worth paying to visit what seemed to be a small tower and we limited ourselves to the nature trail and views of the Ospreys. However, this time as Scottish National trust members we thought we should cross. What a surprise, starting with the delightful ferrylady who chatted away on the, very short, crossing to the ticket office staff and then the building itself. No-one told us it was in such amazing condition, the ground floor contained the cellar and a prison and first floor the kitchens with a domed ceiling, which is still intact. Walk up the stairs into the great hall and remains of the next 2 stories are visible. The quality of the dressed stone is remarkable bearing in mind the Castle was built in 1369 and the island itself was home to some 150 people together with buildings to house guests. Who would have thought this was such a gem, well worth a visit, even if you have to pay the £4.50 entrance charge!

Thank sarahJo90
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Reviewed 8 July 2014

My review is not of the castle itself but the Opsprey viewing from the riverbank. The local opspreys had at this point two rather large fledglings in the nest being fed by mum after dad brought wherever fish he managed to catch. The little viewing jetty was excellent and very well attended during our hour long visit. The warden in attendance was a local chap and extremely knowledgable in all things birdwatching. Since this was all free and with the expanse of the parkland to roam around in it was a great day out.

Thank David S
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Reviewed 29 June 2014

Unexpected but fun boat trip over to the castle. Staff enthusiastic and informative. Castle worth seeing. Fairly long walk in. Added bonus further along the path an osprey viewing platform with guide and telescope. Saw adult and two chicks.

Thank EMFORCORS
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