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“Kids always enjoy Castles!”
Review of Rothesay Castle

Rothesay Castle
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Owner description: Situated on the Isle of Bute, Rothesay Castles dates back to the early 13th century and is remarkably well preserved in spite of its age. Built by the Stewart family to defend against invading Norwegian fleets, Rothesay’s immense circular curtain wall makes it unique in Scotland. In 1230 it survived a three-day siege by King Haakon IV of Norway which precipitated the castle’s fortification with four round towers. It became a royal residence soon after and was later occupied by Robert the Bruce during the Wars of Scottish Independence and served as a base for Cromwell’s troops in the late 17th century. The grandiose great hall in the gatehouse was restored by a Marquess of Bute in 1900 which now contains informative interpretive display which illuminate the history of the castle and its inhabitants. The 15th century St Michael’s Chapel in the courtyard is another of the castle’s impressive surviving features.
Kendal, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Kids always enjoy Castles!”
Reviewed 12 September 2011

As we were on Bute for only a short time, this was one of the attractions we wanted to have a look at before we left again. The kids were enthusiastic as they picked up their quiz and managed some of it before growing bored as some of the questions were a bit beyond them. The castle is very well looked after and tidy but I was a little surprised at the price to get in. It's only a small castle and doesn't take very long to look around so I felt the cost really didn't reflect this. However we enjoyed our visit in the sunshine but to be honest there wouldn't be enough to bring us back again.

Visited August 2011
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“Unusual Circular-plan Castle with Moat & Lovely Views, first built c.1200”
Reviewed 7 August 2011

This fortress stands surrounded by a moat and is an interesting stop in the picturesque town of Rothesay. One of its attractions is that is compact and can be seen fairly quickly. It is a property managed by "Historic Scotland" and is covered under the explorer's pass, which we recommend purchasing since visiting the sites can add up pretty quickly when you are paying one by one. Also, you are more inclined to stop in at smaller sites if they are covered in your pass, rather than trying to evaluate if they are worth roughly $6.43 per person for a quick visit.
Rothesay castle is just neat! It is entered by a drawbridge and protected by a portcullis. The courtyard is grass and the inside seems surprisingly small when you consider how many people once sheltered here! It was restored at the end of the 19th century and the edifice is fun to see. The beautiful town that surrounds it offers great views. Altogether an enjoyable site/sight!

Visited June 2011
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