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“a good wee walk up a dead volacano”
Review of Dumbarton Castle

Dumbarton Castle
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Ranked #1 of 12 things to do in Dumbarton
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Owner description: 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 has heritage as breathtaking as its views over the Clyde, Loch Lomond and Argyll. This dramatic volcanic plug, which is Dumbarton Rock, in-filled the crater of a volcano that was active 350 million years ago. The rock is well exposed and inaccessible on all sides. Click here if you want to learn more about this fascinating geological feature. Admire great examples of 18th century Georgian military architecture and stunning views from the Tower Crag. Throughout Dumbarton Castle’s long history it has been a royal residence and a fortress, and has many fascinating connections from the Vikings to the Scottish Wars of Independence. Mary Queen of Scots sailed to France from here as a child in 1548.
dumbarton
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“a good wee walk up a dead volacano”
Reviewed September 20, 2012

not too much to see castle wise ,but interesting to visit ,great views fro top, sorry two tops, if dumbaton fc are playing you can watch the match

Visited September 2012
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Mason, Ohio
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“Great view, but be prepared to work for it!”
Reviewed September 17, 2012

The views from the top of the castle mount are fantastic. The river, the mountains, farmland and all the way to Glasgow. Definitely worth climbing all those stairs to the very top. The castle itself has some interesting history, but come here for the view, not the stone work.

Visited September 2012
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sunny glasgow
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“Unexpectedly good”
Reviewed September 8, 2012

Visited this with my son in one of our few sunny days this summer.
Had a much better day than expected, there was plenty to keep us interested for a few hours. I did get a bit of fright though coming down from the very top of the hill, as there is a huge drop on the right which I wouldn't recommend for very small kids.
A great quiet hidden gem, take a camera and picnic and enjoy the views and the peace.

Visited July 2012
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“So Historical”
Reviewed September 7, 2012

What a climb but well worth it. The views of the Clyde estuary and the mountains are fantastic. The castle actually held Mary Queen of Scots as well as prisoners from the Napoleonic wars.
Visist on a fine day to get the most out of it.

Visited May 2012
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Dumbarton
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“Trip with Nephew”
Reviewed September 2, 2012

Great the sun was shining and Dumbarton views were great. Spent the morning re-living childhood memories. Good photographs on the cannons as generations before.

Visited August 2012
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