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Dumbarton Castle
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US$41,78*
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Ranked #2 of 12 things to do in Dumbarton
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A Historic Scotland site. For history seekers there is no better place to start than this castle. It has historical references dating back to the 5th century as a place of power for the region It has been the seat of power for kings and a defensive stronghold for the crown. It has been a prison and a palace. This is another of the lesser known castles with a rich history that should be on anyone’s list of not to miss. Just make sure you wear good walking shoes and are prepared for lots of stairs. To explore the location will take at least a couple of hours.

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"worth the climb"
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"mary queen of scots"
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"well worth the effort"
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"stunning views"
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"historic scotland"
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"top of the rock"
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"take your time"
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"volcanic plug"
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"information boards"
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"rock of ages"
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The views and layout of this castle built into the rock are fantastic. I love Scotland where you are allowed to climb steep stairs and be near the edges of drops.

The #1 walk that traverses the volcanic core out to the West is breathtaking. Views of the River Clyde at low tide were wonderful.

You cannot see all the parts of this rock fortification at one time as the interesting things are built into the rock and spread out. You do need to navigate stairs, sometimes steep ones.

Thank Karen H
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Plenty to see and do. Some fantastic views from the flag pole and other side staff are so friendly make sure you are fit as plenty of steps

Thank den310
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great views from top if you make it up all those stairs ,not suitable for kids under 5 / older generation .
Had lovely weather the day we went ,enjoyed the history surrounding the castle ...

Thank 659Kate
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Reviewed 12 June 2018 via mobile

Really good castle, lots to see, well looked after, very friendly staff, answer all question, if you’ve a problem heights maybe not.

Thank Dave602
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