Rothesay Castle
Rothesay Castle
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About
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 wall makes it unique in Scotland. In 1230 it survived a three-day siege by King Haakon IV of Norway which precipitated the castle’s fortification with four round towers. It became a royal residence soon after and was later occupied by Robert the Bruce during the Wars of Scottish Independence and served as a base for Cromwell’s troops in the late 17th century. The grandiose great hall was restored by a Marquess of Bute in 1900 which now contains informative interpretive display which illuminate the history of the castle and its inhabitants.
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GCD2311
Cheshire, UK931 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Couples
Isle of Bute 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 Scotland 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 is the place of my birth, hometown on the west coast and our family members 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 It’s always a great pleasure to make the annual trip north to Rothesay to pay our respects to the folks. The castle in the center of Rothesay stands proud and has seen many changes throughout history on this beautiful island. I have walked around and passed this castle more times than I care to mention. Probably the most memorable time is watching the mass pipe and drums walking to the pier after the Highland games. Simply stunning. It’s such a colorful sight. So! Haste ye back after a short weekend break with the Mrs 🇨🇳 Respect Gordon 🇬🇧 Sissi 🇨🇳.. See you again soon
Written June 5, 2019
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Marcella B
33 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Couples
The views alone are terrific and the site has good descriptions which helps on self guided tour. I do wish more sites offered downloads for visits, these are pretty standard elsewhere. Also the gulls were nesting on the top parts of the castle, pretty big settlement and noisy so approach with caution.
Written June 2, 2018
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heathy50
Paisley, United Kingdom12 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2015 • Family
Great family experience. I didn't realise how much these was to see as I thought it was just a ruin. The dining room has been restored, you can go down to the 'pit prison' and climb the walls. There are also boards detailing the history and a video room that also gives history. Great fun.
Written April 13, 2015
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RetiredWazza
Daylesford, Australia760 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2014 • Couples
Poorly managed - poorly displayed - serviced by "lack of interest" attendants. This is a major disappointment. It should be a wonderful historic, tourism, and cultural heritage site - IT ISN'T!
Written November 7, 2014
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Thank you for taking the time to visit Rothesay Castle and to review your exeprience on Trip Advisor. We were disappointed to hear that you did not enjoy your visit and will feedback your comments to ensure that we can improve on these issues for future visitors.
Written November 20, 2014
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bravo-cinzia
Farmington, CT617 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2011
This fortress stands surrounded by a moat and is an interesting stop in the picturesque town of Rothesay. One of its attractions is that is compact and can be seen fairly quickly. It is a property managed by "Historic Scotland" and is covered under the explorer's pass, which we recommend purchasing since visiting the sites can add up pretty quickly when you are paying one by one. Also, you are more inclined to stop in at smaller sites if they are covered in your pass, rather than trying to evaluate if they are worth roughly $6.43 per person for a quick visit.
Rothesay castle is just neat! It is entered by a drawbridge and protected by a portcullis. The courtyard is grass and the inside seems surprisingly small when you consider how many people once sheltered here! It was restored at the end of the 19th century and the edifice is fun to see. The beautiful town that surrounds it offers great views. Altogether an enjoyable site/sight!
Written August 7, 2011
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Seijsing
Ornskoldsvik, Sweden32 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
In the middle of the town centre. Easy access but make sure to check the opening hours. Beautiful with the water surronding it!
Written September 10, 2019
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SANPBI
31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
Beautiful Castle Ruins in a beautiful quaint island town. Wish I could have spent more time here. Castle has a moat around it which my boys loved.
Written August 29, 2019
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Zeo007
n/a429 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Solo
Tucked just behind the main road, this little castle is a key part of Scotland's history.

There is the courtyard, the moat, and a video area within the castle which gives a brief history of the vikings involvement in the area.

The person who runs the souvenir is shop is very knowledgeable.

The toilets are being renovated so as at the time of this review they are not available.

There are some at the ferry terminal.

Finally you should take 1 hour to fully enjoy your visit.

This property is part of Historic Scotland and free to members.

Currently
Written August 25, 2019
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Alan A
Edinburgh, UK187 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Couples
Very unusual to see a complete moat. Video is very well done. Spoiled by the amount of scaffolding and roped off areas.
Written June 28, 2019
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Thank you for visiting and leaving us feedback. We are pleased to hear you enjoyed seeing the complete moat! The scaffolding is in place in order for us to carry out essential conservation work, so we can safeguard and protect the historical fabric of the building for future generations to enjoy. Any roped off areas are to protect the public from temporary hazards. We hope this did not impact your visit too much, and hope to see you at some of our other sites also.
Written July 3, 2019
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simply-peregrinating
Waddington, UK2,732 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Friends
Rothesay castle is close to the centre of town. It is quite small but perfectly formed. It is completely surrounded by a substantial moat with lots of water in it. There were several birds taking advantage of the moat, heron, swan, ducks and seabirds. The moat is quite photogenic with over hanging trees and manicured trees.
The castle is in relatively good condition and an impressive site.

Written July 10, 2018
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