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Dumbarton Castle

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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...more
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Castle Road, Dumbarton, Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park G82 1JJ, Scotland
+44 1389 732167
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All reviews worth the climb mary queen of scots scottish history well worth the effort historic scotland french prison stunning views walk up volcanic plug top of the rock lots of history take your time rock of ages information boards steep steps clyde estuary interesting place
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Reviewed yesterday

Well worth visiting this fortress/castle just for the view from Glasgow to Greenock and to Ben Lomond. Also two millenia of Scottish history flowed through this nearly-impregnable site. The early kingdom of Strathclyde, Robert the Bruce, William Wallace, Mary Queen of Scots, Napoleon (almost) and...More

Thank M B
Reviewed 3 days ago

This volcanic rock is a real landmark on the Clyde estuary. It looks splendid from the river but is well worth the 557 step hike up to the very top. The reward is a 360degree panorama, looking towards Glasgow, then downriver and up towards Ben...More

Thank itchyfeet2014
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

For £5 this is great value as there are many buildings and places to explore. Lots of history and interesting information to read. Good views out over the Clyde. Would recommend.

Thank Danielle B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Dumbarton castle sits atop a volcanic rock overlooking where the river Leven joins the river Clyde. With a long and fascinating history going back to the Dark Ages, it has plenty to appreciate. Beware however, this is not really suitable for those with pushchairs, as...More

Thank Laurence E
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

At only £5 for entry this must be one of the best value historic landmarks . Great info about the history of the castle dotted around. There is also a guided tour available. There are a lot of steps- some of them pretty steep but...More

Thank christinedumbarton
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Wow, a great place to visit and only £5 entry ( free if you are a member of Historical Scotland ). This place is buzzing with history and there are plenty of signs informing you of its story at several points which means you get...More

Thank Almcfet
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I’m a local so it’s a place you always overlook when you stay next to something. It’s a must to get out and see this ancient site in all its glory with canons at the bottom near the entrance overlooking the Clyde If your up...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Get the train from Central to Dumbarton East, and then 15 minutes walk down to the castle. Once you get there you better have your climbing legs on as there are LOTS of steps. The building themselves are not that exciting, but the setting is...More

Thank PaulMcCauley64
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Grey but dry day. 577 steps, so not for those with prams or wheelchairs. Odd "castle", don't expect a traditional castle but it is a mixture of buildings and it was more of a garrison/ fort. But good for history buffs and the views is...More

Thank JensonLim
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This castle caught our eye because of its very unique location in the top of a hill! Unfortunately, we had about 45 mins before closing and the staff member let us know this is the recommended minimum amount of time to see everything. We hustled...More

Thank J1e2n3n4y
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11 September 2018|
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Response from beachbums_ceo | Reviewed this property |
This is a historic Scotland sight as far as I know there is no exchange between the different historical caretakers. If you do have a voucher for Historic Scotland I do not believe it can be exchanged here. To the best of my... More
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25 August 2018|
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Response from David M | Reviewed this property |
hi £5
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