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Threave Castle

Open Now: 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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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 1 week ago via mobile

We had a nice visit to this medieval Castle. The 900 metre walk is pleasant and the boat ride is unique to this castle. Nice staff, Sam was very helpful for information as well as a boat driver and picture taker for our family.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank JodyMCanada
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited Threave Castle at the end of a trip to Scotland and England. I can honestly say it was my favorite of all the castles we saw. Our visit started in the visitor center, had a lovely conversation with the gentleman selling the tickets....More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank Minniechef
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great place to visit love the wee boat trip over. Staff really nice and helpful. Toilets and parking.Great history. Ospreys were there but will be away soon.

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Thorgunna
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

There’s a well signed path down from the car park to the jetty where you get the boat across to the castle and tickets can be bought at the car park end, before the walk. We missed the ticket office completely and had to buy...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Sarah_Hampshire69
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great breakfasts and beautiful vegan cake. Very tasty unlike a lot of vegan cake.Throughly recommend. Hope it stays open during winter.

Date of experience: August 2019
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Although incredibly simple in format, there is something alluring about this space. The castle is small yet impressive. The kids loved the boat trip across. It doesn’t take long as a sight seeing trip but well worth it. As a bonus you can see the...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank dingham307
Reviewed July 27, 2019

We visited to see the Osprey chicks from the viewpoint near the castle. The volunteer provided a wealth of very interesting facts about the history of the breeding site and we were lucky enough to see the mother with her three young about to fledge....More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank ConradWebster
Reviewed July 20, 2019

Walk down to the riverside and you can see the ospreys nest across the river. On our visit, because of weather, the volunteers had taken shelter in a nearby hide. The lady was most welcoming and informative and we were able to see the three...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank rogerdD7511JS
Reviewed July 18, 2019

this is a unique place to visit, having both peregrine's & ospreys breeding within a few metres of each other, along the path you will see numerous butterflies, birds, and deer, the staff and volunteers are very helpful, but if you get one particular lady...More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank Excursion38695820313
Reviewed June 30, 2019

Although Threave gardens are National Trust, the Castle is not. It is situated on an island, accessed by a short boat ride. We decided not to visit the castle but did make the walk to the bird hides and osprey viewing points. A pair of...More

Date of experience: June 2019
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June 29, 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
June 25, 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
March 7, 2018|
Response from suziecoop01 | Reviewed this property |
Hi Howard no just in the spring/summer.