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Threave Castle

Castle Douglas, Kirkcudbright DG7 1TJ, Scotland
+44 7711 223101
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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 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.
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Castle Douglas, Kirkcudbright DG7 1TJ, Scotland
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice stroll to the boat which takes you to the castle. (Ring the Bell for the boat!) Friendly informative staff. Lucky to see Osprey on her nest due to an osprey watch.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Friendly staff, a lovely boat trip over the most and a historic castle with interesting birds to spot.

Thank Greg B
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A great visit, the nature reserve staff and the boatman and warden were great to talk to, friendly and knowledgeable about both the wildlife and the history of the castle. The highlight was probably watching the Ospreys mating. The peregrines nesting in the castle were...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had a nice afternoon at Threave Castle. It is a bit of a walk to the boat but nothing too strenuous. We got the boat across with our 15 month old with no problems. Life jackets provided for a short trip across the river. The...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lovely walk around the gardens, even when the weather was damp. Would be well worth returning in the summer months to see the plants in bloom. Also spotted a soaring red kite.

Thank Irene C
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Being a keen photographer this is a regular haunt of mine, got some amazing shots of the ospreys and will be back again in May for the new breed

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Reviewed 17 February 2018 via mobile

Thoroughly enjoyed my first visit to Threave Castle near Castle Douglas. There is a short walk on good paths through woodland before you get to the part of the river where a bell stands to ring for the ferry! The ferry is actually a large...More

Thank fredfindlay
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Reviewed 23 January 2018

After a short walk through trust maintained farmland, you approach the castle of Archibald the Grim across the river Dee. Access the castle by boat or watch the Ospreys and other wildlife from the Trust hides.

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Reviewed 27 December 2017

After parking up we followed the well maintained path until we arrived at the view of Threave Castle rising up on an island on the River Dee Really lovely area with viewing platform for watching The Peregrines and Ospreys Excellent

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Reviewed 19 December 2017

Really quite a beautiful setting with the isolation, sheep grazing the surrounding hills and the river flowing by. On a dark, rainy day the castle feels massive and brooding. Lots of information boards to explain things and fun to explore. Down the river a couple...More

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Howard B
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Response from suziecoop01 | Reviewed this property |
Hi Howard no just in the spring/summer.
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Response from ByHistoricScotland | Property representative |
Good Morning, Thanks for your message. Below is information about the access at Threave Castle. I hope this helps. Parking There is a level, gravel surfaced parking area. The are no accessible spaces marked. Approach to... More
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