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Rothesay Castle

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Small but worth it

This castle may be smaller than others, but I still really enjoyed our visit. I loved the moat and... read more

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Worth a Visit

It was our second time looking around the castle we had previously visited in 2005 it hadn't... read more

Reviewed September 20, 2018
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Situated on the Isle of Bute, Rothesay Castles dates back to the early 13th century and is remarkably well preserved in spite of its age. Built by the Stewart family to defend against invading Norwegian fleets, Rothesay’s immense circular curtain...more
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Castlehill Street, Rothesay PA20 0DA, Scotland
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This castle may be smaller than others, but I still really enjoyed our visit. I loved the moat and the seagulls did, too! Lots of nooks and crannies to explore. We spent about 40 minutes touring the place and then had a great chat with...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed October 27, 2018

Rothesay Castle is not only right in the middle of the town and thus easy to get to, it is an most interesting historic castle. The pigeon dovecote is but just one. Although I did not got down to the dungeon a couple of youngsters...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed October 17, 2018 via mobile

Was ok didn’t watch Viking video passed 10 minutes, guy in shop very helpful and chatty, went in to pass time

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Angela M
Reviewed October 14, 2018

It ok with lots of history, But l would rather visit Mount Stewart More to see. Its right near shopping centre and very close to ferry terminal, spoiled a bit with offices around the castle.

Date of experience: November 2017
Reviewed September 20, 2018

It was our second time looking around the castle we had previously visited in 2005 it hadn't changed much be we enjoyed the visit and this time we got in for the concessionary price.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 18, 2018

Going around the castle finding out about how this part of Scotland was so much under the influence of the of the Vikings in its early days. Then finding out in more recent times how the various Marquis's of Bute had so much influence locally...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Steven N
Reviewed September 1, 2018

Totally enjoyed our visit this gem in Rothesay. Fantastic history and well organised. Loved it. Nice wee shop too and very helpful staff.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Rockpoolqueen
Reviewed August 27, 2018

Not a massive castle but certainly worth popping in if you are in the area. Nice views of the town from the battlements (and protective gulls with fledglings making a noise!). Short video show. The dungeon pit was a highlight! Interesting history with the Viking...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed August 25, 2018

From the outside the castle looks photogenic aside from the section of scaffolding on the west side; however when we learned more about the repair work being done we were more impressed with how the castle is being preserved. It is under the guardianship of...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed August 22, 2018 via mobile

Went in on the spur of the moment. Quite a small castle in the grand scheme of things, but they've done a good job with what they have. Not a lot to see and I reckon no more than 1 hour would be spent here,...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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October 23, 2015|
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Response from Lesley H | Reviewed this property |
Rothesay Castle is a visitor attraction, a ruined castle! So definitely no hairdryers anywhere!
February 14, 2015|
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Response from JacqFromDunfie | Reviewed this property |
Hi. I also have interest in McKirdys and their associated spelling variants on Bute. However when I toured Rothesay Castle there was no mention of McKirdys in the displays. Best wishes. Jacqueline Hunter.