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Address: Castle Road, Dumbarton, Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park G82 1JJ, Scotland
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Conquer more than 500 steps to stand atop one of Scotland's greatest...

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.

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500 Steps to Spectacular Views

The history of the Castle included many interesting accounts from the original Viking outpost to considering it as a prison for Napoleon. The hike to the top requires some... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Came with friends for a day trip. Was a good laugh and an interesting place. Lots of walking but lots of fun.

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Fleming Island, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The history of the Castle included many interesting accounts from the original Viking outpost to considering it as a prison for Napoleon. The hike to the top requires some stamina. Recommend a visit.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Dumbarton Castle is at a high elevation giving spectacular views of the surrounding picturesque landscape and sea views. The Castle itself has many points of historical interest. It is an outdoorsy attraction so good weather makes a huge difference especially if visiting with children.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Dumbarton Castle is set atop a volcanic plug and is well worth a visit if you are in the area. Cost of entry is very reasonable, and the people in the shop are very friendly and helpful. There are a lot of steps, so you need to be relatively fit and able but the views from the top are well... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A really nice place with great views at the top although very steep terrain, our kids (2 and 7 years) were fine with it but you may have to be cautious with very young kids. Always lots of events going on and very good information along the way explain the history of the castle.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I have been to Dumbarton Castle/Rock many times as I live near the Castle. I suppose it is not like Bamburgh Castle in northumberland which looks exactly what a Castle may look like. But this castle has lots of historical values and a stunning views once you get to the top of it. It has friendly staff in the shop... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017

Well it wasn't a conventional castle as you think of them, perhaps how I think of them. That said the boards around the site gave an informed understanding of it's history and that made it a very good afternoon's visit. The view from the top can be a bit blowy so wig wearers beware, but is great to see the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2017

You Can see Dumbarton Rock for miles away & the castle is perched right on top , situated right beside the river Clyde & next to Dumbarton FC football stadium it has a lovely picnic area adjacent to the Castle You have a lot of steps to climb but well worth it when you get inside , Mary Queen of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2017 via mobile

Plenty of climbing to be done, interesting site with plenty of information on the castles history and uses over the years. Great views of surrounding area. Worth the visit.

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Dumbarton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2017

I was worried about the number of steps! I shouldn't have been, and it was worth it. A bit pricey, but then historic buildings have to make money somehow

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