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Nice but hard to get to.

We looked up these ruins online and got directions there. The directions seemed to take us to the... read more

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Great Location, Fascinating Gothic Architecture and Beautiful Grounds

A great location overlooking Bute with fascinating archirecture and beautiful set in spacious... read more

Reviewed October 18, 2018
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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“Nice but hard to get to.”
Oct 18, 2018
“Great Location, Fascinating Gothic Architecture and Beautiful Grounds”
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We looked up these ruins online and got directions there. The directions seemed to take us to the local primary school and there was no signage of the actual castle. Eventually, after some delving online, we walked up a narrow, boggy path to the ruins....More

Date of experience: August 2019
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Reviewed March 23, 2019

These ancient ruins are the stuff of poetic inspiration, especially seen on wet days when the very elements conspire to add eerie drama! Read the ancient Castle Towards's heartbreak history before to go; clan villainy, massacre and horrific betrayals, proof that nothing much has changed...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank jimlX3948MV
Reviewed October 18, 2018

A great location overlooking Bute with fascinating archirecture and beautiful set in spacious grounds. Access still possible near the pier and yacht club area. Some of the buildings are still in use however most are deteriorating rapidly.

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Rossergruffydd
Reviewed July 23, 2016

went here as a boy long time ago was at it for 4 weeks loved it .my cousin was at it before me and he had a painting he done on wall for years . i was a monitor as well need to go back...More

Date of experience: July 2016
10  Thank andybell1505
Reviewed June 11, 2016

Castle toward residential centre (as was) is now closed, but there is lots in the grounds to make a real few hours/day trip of. It's not and never has been a tourist site, there's no plaques etc. But it's steeped in history and adventure, be...More

Date of experience: June 2016
5  Thank Julie C
Reviewed July 2, 2015

I visited here some 35 short years ago as a Glasgow school staying at the residential school. Fond memories from a bygone age of interactive education. This was my first time back and it's bitter sweet. The old school building is closed up and the...More

Date of experience: July 2015
5  Thank Stevocrosbie
Reviewed May 26, 2015

Finally after many years of meaning to go, I made it for a walk around Castle Toward, the old castle ruins and the surrounding grounds. In some ways it's a very sad place. The Castle Toward Residential School stands empty, waiting for a purchaser to...More

Date of experience: April 2015
11  Thank BelladonnaScotland
Reviewed May 17, 2015

We went as school class from Scotland Road primary School for a month this was in 1951 I was 10 at the time our teacher Mr Finley organised it we travelled by bus and ferry and as most of the kids had never left the...More

Date of experience: June 2014
9  Thank davaller2015
Reviewed January 5, 2015

My experience was a fulfilment of a life long quest in finding my ancestral history from Australia to the original castle on the grounds as a descendent of the Lamont clan. It was a typical rainy grey day and I could not have been happier...More

Date of experience: November 2014
11  Thank Dale L
Reviewed September 12, 2014

Property was empty and closed. Quiet pleasant journey to the old school but it was closed. Very sad as we remember the summer camps for school orchestras from Glasgow many years ago.

Date of experience: August 2014
7  Thank Joyce C
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Monica W
September 7, 2017|
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Response from Kevin L |
You don't need to book, it's open to the public. Make sure you walk further in past the "old school" to the ruins of the original castle. As an ancestor, I found it deeply spiritual for myself. As a lover of history, it's... More