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“ring the bell”(24 reviews)
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...more
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Castle Douglas, Kirkcudbright DG7 1TJ, Scotland
+44 7711 223101
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Really enjoyed our visit. From the car park its a 800 yard walk to the boat that takes you to the castle. You ring the bell and the boat comes over to take you to the Castle. The young Lady operating the boat was very...More

Thank CarlPBingley
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We came across this place by chance. Saw the sign and we were curious to see what was there. Lovely walk to the boat that would take you across the water but we didn't on this occasion visit the castle itself we stayed on the...More

Thank Leopard1992
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited the castle whilst on holiday in the area. The kids loved the little boat trip over to the castle! We all enjoyed looking round and seeing the castle remains/history. After looking round the castle we walked down to the Osprey platform, on the...More

Thank Jenick07
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We we’re a party of seven; 2 grandparents, 2 adults and three kids. Castles usually tick the boxes for each of us and this did so wonderfully. The long walk from the car park to the jetty was enjoyable and built a sense of excitement...More

Thank DrGalv
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited on the 7th August. The weather was overcast but it stayed dry for our 2 hour visit. Our family group of six ranged from 16 to 83 with two who say they are not even into history. Needless to say EVERYONE enjoyed their...More

Thank Gillybt
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This castle is great. You have a short walk and a boat trip to get to it and the castle is small but lovely to walk around with an interesting history. You can also watch the ospreys which is fabulous and there is a walk...More

Thank iggyg78
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What a truly magical time. Took my wife and daughter to visit This castle and wow I was pleased we did. Fantastic staff, a boat ride to the castle (after my daughter rang the bell which made it even more fun for her) stunning views,...More

Thank Anthony W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Interesting site to visit. Around 800m walk from the car park, and fun boat ride across to the castle.

Thank James L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It’s a bit confusing when you arrive at the car park, follow the signs for Ospreys. The signs all indicate National Trust but in reality the castle is in the care of Historic Scotland , the chap in the ticket office cleared this up for...More

Thank Jacqueline E
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The walk to the river is enhanced by views of the castle. Historic Scotland provides a ferry service over to the island. The 'ferryman' provided a wealth of information on the local wildlife and the HES staff had set up scopes so that you could...More

Thank DavidCarolineGill
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David A
29 June 2018|
Response from KateDenby |
The Osprey centre is a small building adjacent to the car parking area for the castle. There is small toilet block there too. Just Park up, wander in, buy tickets and ask any questions you have as the staff all seem very... More
Christine G
25 June 2018|
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Response from rcryall59 | Reviewed this property |
Didn't use sat nav, sorry. Very well signed from Carlingwalk Loch south of Castle Douglas.
Howard B
7 March 2018|
Response from suziecoop01 | Reviewed this property |
Hi Howard no just in the spring/summer.