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Threave Castle
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Owner description: 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 summer; you might also see ospreys and otters hunting in the river. The castle was besieged by King James II for two months in 1455, and fell after the king bribed the garrison to surrender.
Reviewed July 10, 2013

The Scottish Trust guide was very helpful. Access to the grounds and the Osprey viewing is free which excellent. There is a small charge to visit the caste its self and access is via a small boat.

Thank Lyndon S
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Reviewed June 12, 2013

From the dark water swirling on both sides, to the history frought with battle and war, to the eerie skullish appearance of the castle, this place could give you the creeps if you let it. An overnight campout (not that its allowed) on the beautiful grounds would be the thing of nightmares with the right stories told.

The trip across in the boat is short, safe and fun. The guide I'm sure was not joking, but smiling nevertheless, to say not to put my hands in the water because of the gigantic pike in the river.

There are a few interpretations that give the place depth, and the grounds are very well maintained, natural and out of the ordinary. You're pretty much on your own to figure it out and wander around - I would have given it 5-stars if there was a ranger or guide to interpret the grounds - but then it would have cost more, so it's a trade off. This is surely a national treasure for Scotland and anyone named Douglas.

The castle interior was closed due to falling stones, which was a bummer. Hopefully repairs can be made to preserve the structure, but nature ultimately will prevail against an 800-year old building.

Thank Bear W
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Reviewed May 23, 2013 via mobile

It would have been nice to get into this castle but safety comes first - closed due to falling masonry. We phoned ahead to make sure the boat across to the castle was still operating.
Very friendly staff. We had the island to ourselves as we visited toward the end of the day. You need to ring the bell to get the custodian to bring the boat over. Be prepared for a 10-min walk (along flat, well-maintained paths) from the car park to the boat jetty. Well worth a visit but feel the reduced price due to closure should have been a bit lower.

1  Thank David W
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Reviewed April 24, 2013

There is few places as awe inspiring as Threave castle in the lowlands of Scotland. The beauty of the surrounding walks and the isolation of the island itself gives a real feel of why they chose this place to build a castle. You still have to take a short boat ride over to the castle, which is entertaining and the staff are very friendly. The only reason this is not a five star review is that the castle itself was closed at the time of my visit. Despite that the island is beautiful and peaceful if you happen to be out there without many people, and its still well worth a trip over as they are offering reduced rates whilst the castle is closed.

Thank Tikitoura
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Reviewed April 19, 2013

Brilliant views of both birds and very helpful guide at viewing platform but got even better views from nearest hide.

Thank Ray E
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