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Dumbarton Castle

Castle Road, Dumbarton, Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park G82 1JJ, Scotland
+44 1389 732167
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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 has heritage as breathtaking as its views over the Clyde, Loch Lomond and Argyll. This dramatic volcanic plug, which is Dumbarton Rock, in-filled the crater of a volcano that was active 350 million years ago. The rock is well exposed and inaccessible on all sides. Click here if you want to learn more about this fascinating geological feature. Admire great examples of 18th century Georgian military architecture and stunning views from the Tower Crag. Throughout Dumbarton Castle’s long history it has been a royal residence and a fortress, and has many fascinating connections from the Vikings to the Scottish Wars of Independence. Mary Queen of Scots sailed to France from here as a child in 1548.
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Castle Road, Dumbarton, Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park G82 1JJ, Scotland
+44 1389 732167
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Situated on the outskirts of the town at the junction between the rivers Leven and Clyde this volcanic rock is the home to what should be as equally famous stronghold as those in Stirling and Edinburgh. Though under repair still enough of it is viewable...More

Thank jim i
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

An old prison and fort, all that remains are just a few buildings. Lots of stairs to work off some energy for the kids. Great views of the area.

Thank Yysguy
Reviewed 1 week ago

This historic gem definitely merits a visit. You need to be on and in the Rock to appreciate how much is hidden from view. The vistas are stunning and you can see why it was such an important fortress. Physically it is a work out...More

Thank moonstoneScotland
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited Dumbarton Castle on a whim as we were staying in Dumbarton for one night on our way back from the Scottish Highlands to Manchester Airport, and it ended up being one of the highlights of the entire trip -- a fabulous castle with...More

Thank TonyG999
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I was having a drive around the area and saw signs to this castel. Price to get in wasnt to bad, i got a group ticket to be able to enter other castels. If your not very fit when it comes to climbing steps, i...More

Thank Hoadjie
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Kids loved the climb and exploring the nooks and crannies. Place is so historical that it really captured their imagination.

Thank AcciesJunior
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A brilliant ancient castle built across a huge rock on the river's edge. There are over 550 steps across the rocky hill but it's worthwhile making the effort to see the brilliant views. Only some of the buildings which made up the whole castle remain...More

Thank Amaliag381
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

great day at Dumbarton castle,climbed the 557 steps to the top,wonderful views up and down the Clyde and over to Ben Lomond.It was a beautiful sunny day and there was a great mix of ages visiting-from wee boys in armoured helmets with swords to older...More

Thank Hilda M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a real hidden gem stands high on the Rock.. overlooks Dumbarton..You can walk around the Castle Walls that wraps around the Rock, reminds me of a smaller scaled version of the Great Wall of China in miniature...Then you begin your climb of the...More

Thank annemacmillan
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We took the train from Glasgow as a day trip out of the city. It was easy and inexpensive with a short walk from the train station to the castle. There are over 500 stairs so it is NOT for someone that has trouble walking...More

Thank horsesofcourse
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22 July 2017|
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Response from CAOLILAWELL | Reviewed this property |
Google do not a bad Direction map it's the Dumbarton cut-off from the erskine bridge , about 3miles from bridge , pretty easy
2 September 2016|
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Response from Veronica T | Reviewed this property |
The booklet says 557 some of them quite steep & narrow 1 person wide
John E
1 September 2016|
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Response from Catherine M | Reviewed this property |
No but there is a prison