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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
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed February 16, 2018 via mobile

Visited on a wet horrible day however still had a lovely time. Bought a coffee in the gift shop to keep our hands warm on the walk. Some lovely scenery from the rock and some very informative scenes. Would certainly recommend however as previously mentioned...More

6  Thank Miss D
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Reviewed July 9, 2015

Travelled through this afternoon all the way from Dundee to find out it was closed due to a shortage on staff (as the A4 bit of paper said)... It is a joke that nothing was posted online, on the website to notify people of this....More

5  Thank RachG1989
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All reviews worth the climb mary queen of scots scottish history well worth the effort french prison historic scotland stunning views walk up top of the rock william wallace volcanic plug lots of history take your time rock of ages information boards steep steps interesting place
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Absolutely love this castle it’s a hidden gem and always stop by whenever in the area heading north, it has soooo much history as does the town of Dumbarton, loving the regen going on in the town and can see a tourism boom coming! 100%...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Soaked in history and incredibly dramatic, this isn’t your usual Castle. The reward for the 500 step climb to the top is one of mixed emotions. On one side - the magnificent view of Clyde, where you can lose yourself in your imagination. Oh what...More

Thank Paul R
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very interesting place, not really a castle but a fortified rocky protrusion, well suited to a GOT set I thought. Need to be able to climb a lot of stairs. Great views and fascinating history. Unlike a castle there are very few internal parts, it...More

Thank sumsite
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A hidden gem. Not a typical castle, however no less beautiful. Situated on a volcanic rock, it makes for a special view. It’s not busy visited and so very scenery. And this all for £5!

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 4 weeks 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 September 27, 2018 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.

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Reviewed September 26, 2018

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 September 23, 2018 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 September 18, 2018 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
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September 11, 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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August 25, 2018|
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Response from David M | Reviewed this property |
hi £5
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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