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Threave Castle

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Address: Castle Douglas, Kirkcudbright DG7 1TJ, Scotland
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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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restricted areas await... amazing the peregrine falcon breeding pair at home

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... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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 

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Chorley, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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 

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Broxburn, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 

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Reviewed February 17, 2017 via mobile

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

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Reviewed February 16, 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

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Dumfries, United Kingdom
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Reviewed January 8, 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 

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Carnoustie, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 29, 2016 via mobile

Nice walk down to the jetty where you pick up the boat for the 30 yard journey across the river to see the castle, unfortunately it's closed at end of October, but still a great backdrop to the landscape and ideal for a photo stop

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Reviewed October 25, 2016

This is a great walk and Castle, especially the boat acroos the moat to the castle our Grandson loved it.

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Barrow in Furness, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 23, 2016

After visiting Sweetheart Abbey we were recommended to visit Threave Castle, we were so thankful for this recommendation as we loved getting the boat over to the island. A definite must for families or couples.

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