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“Long climb, great view, not much castle!” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Dumbarton Castle

Dumbarton Castle
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$38.14*
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Ranked #1 of 12 things to do in Dumbarton
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Owner description: 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. Dumbarton was a centre of power in what later became the Kingdom of Strathclyde. It was later sacked by Vikings. The castle became a cornerstone of medieval royal power and latterly served as a military base and prison. You can explore its many fortifications with our interactive family trail.
Port Hardy, Canada
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42 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Long climb, great view, not much castle!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2013

Visited the castle with my 8 year old,who was much faster climbing the steps than I. Beautiful view from the top of the hill, interesting history. This seems to have been more of a military outpost than a castle. We've visited a number of castles, but this one was mainly battlements, a magazine, and a prison. Worth the trip - was almost empty when we were there.

Visited August 2013
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Malta
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Interesting”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2013

It's a small castle with a breathtaking view. Worth visiting. Beware, however, as there are lots of steps!

Visited August 2013
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Apollo Beach, Florida
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“worth it just for the view”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2013

Typical Scottish castle ruins. A couple of good information boards. Overall not much history, or artifacts to observe. The view is stunning and one of the best I've seen at over 25 castles I've visited. Great view of the Clyde, Glasgow, Dumbarton. The climb up the hill is not for the feint of heart. Take your time. I brought along my Blue Guide Scotland to give me a bit more history about the site. Great stop if your "driving by" I don't think I'd go out of my way to visit.

Visited August 2013
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Salem, New Hampshire
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Well preserved castle guarding to river”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2013

Dumbarton Castle has a long history from the place where William Wallace was held before being sent into England to Mary, Queen of Scots departure point for France. It is well maintained with stunning views. You can even see Glasgow from the battlement

Visited July 2013
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Dumbarton
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“Castle to die for”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2013

I have spent many happy hours exploring the Castle & it's History, a word of warning though, you need to have the time and the Energy to get up to the top of the rock from where the views are spectacular all round you. Mary Queen of Scotland was imprisoned on the rock before her fateful journey south, there is also reputed to be a ghost in the Governor's house & I have felt a change in the atmosphere in the room where the Lady is supposed to be. If you get the chance, talk to the Custodian of the Castle as they generally a few stories to tell.
Although my last visit was in august of 2012 I was part of group called the Castle Guard prior to this for a number of years & this allowed me to explore much more than is usual. Great times.

Visited August 2012
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