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Threave Castle

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Address: Castle Douglas, Kirkcudbright DG7 1TJ, Scotland
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+44 7711 223101

Cross the River Dee by boat to visit this enchanting castle on its own...

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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Utterly charming!

Staff at the visitor centre were enthusiastic and thoroughly engaging. They were clearly passionate about the place and provided helpful information. The walk is then circa 10... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Tista C
Glossop, United Kingdom
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Glossop, United Kingdom
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39 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Staff at the visitor centre were enthusiastic and thoroughly engaging. They were clearly passionate about the place and provided helpful information. The walk is then circa 10 mins to the river. You call for the boat by ringing a bell: a wonderful whimsy which our son loved (as did we!). The crossing takes a few moments. I note that some... More 

Thank Tista C
Newtownards, United Kingdom
1 review
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

well worth a visit- the staff were really helpful and informative-one even told us of other places on our route home that might be of interest to us... billy & robina

Thank bmcbikes
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Castle reached by a designated path with can be muddy. Wear suitable footwear and enjoy the walk, about 10 mins to the little ferry. Only a few mins over the water to reach the ruined castle. Make sure that you collect info about the castle at the pay point before you start off.

1 Thank Ann D
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 April 2017

visited today 21/04/17 to be greeted for the small boat trip across the Dee to the castle by a truly amazing and passionate guide who took time to show my daughter otter prints before doing the normal talk . the highlight was been handed binoculars to watch the peregrines in the wild ...... it was a truly amazing to see... More 

2 Thank Michael W
Chorley, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 April 2017

My wife & I watched the ospreys on the nest & in the air from the viewing platform along with knowledgeable RSPB personnel

Thank cmoon6365
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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75 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 April 2017

We last visited Threave four years ago, It was disappointing then, because most of the castle was closed off for repair. Never mind, we thought, surely they'll have finished by now. The good news: they have. The bad news: but most of the castle and island are still off bounds, because there is a possibility (nobody actually knows) that a... More 

4 Thank Ubergeekian
Broxburn, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 April 2017

We visited in April on a slightly chilly but dry day. We parked up, bought our tickets to the Castle. ( the rest of the grounds are free to roam round) and set off for a walk. We followed the path to the castle and took the wee boat over. The boat guide was very friendly and patient while we... More 

1 Thank 230nicola
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 17 February 2017 via mobile

Stunning ruins on island; requiring a short boat journey. Very romantic ruined keep. Otters in river. Stunningly beautiful

Thank omipalone
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47 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 February 2017 via mobile

Boat wasn't in operation the day we visited but we enjoyed the walk anyway with our dog. We came across an otter, roe deer & 2 peregrine on the castle

Thank Nicola B
Dumfries, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 January 2017

This is a lovely and easy walk, suitable for families of all ages. The path from Castle Douglas has been reopened following last years floods. You get great views of the castle from the jetty, and from the small hill. You can also at certain times of year watch the nesting ospreys from the viewing platform, using the provided binoculars... More 

1 Thank Andy G

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