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Dumbarton Castle

Castle Road, Dumbarton, Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park G82 1JJ, Scotland
+44 1389 732167
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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.
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Castle Road, Dumbarton, Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park G82 1JJ, Scotland
+44 1389 732167
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Visited on a wet horrible day however still had a lovely time. Bought a coffee in the gift shop to keep our hands warm on the walk. Some lovely scenery from the rock and some very informative scenes. Would certainly recommend however as previously mentioned...More

Thank Miss D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stopped here on route to Loch Lomond and happy that I did. This is a beautiful little castle/fort and if you can manage the 400 or so steps to the top you can get great views down the Clyde. There is plenty of information boards...More

1  Thank gunghogaz
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Having visited the Scottish Maritime Museum we continued in a easterly direction along a main road that eventually came to a Dumbarton Castle sign post pointing down Victoria Road in the direction of the castle . As per previous reviews I can confirm there are...More

1  Thank Nauldy1978
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have been here many times. used to climb to the top, not fit enough now.great view, saw the cells below ground.

1  Thank Mary G
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Spectacular setting on the waters edge. Information and tickets at the main entrance then its all outside steps, some narrow and steep, to the top of the rock. Great views from numerous vantage points of the Clyde, Glasgow and the hills around Loch Lomond. One...More

2  Thank NorrisChuck
Reviewed 8 January 2018

Not as busy or with so much on display as Edinburgh Castle... but still really enjoyed the quiet climb to the mountain top. The lawn overlooking the river was quite peaceful as well. Visited in October 2017, the weather was good and the view from...More

Thank Gazie D
Reviewed 2 January 2018

This is more of a fortress on a rock than a castle. Most of the military buildings are no longer there, that said, there are a couple of buildings which house information boards. The outstanding thing about the ‘castle’ is the 360-degree vista from the...More

Thank Swedishtomcat
Reviewed 17 December 2017

For years and years I have seen this castle. For years and years I wanted to go up so one Sunday we were walking past it and we went in. The views are stunning. The history is articulated well. I would recommend it

Thank Legsi1970
Reviewed 26 November 2017 via mobile

Not a castle just a watch tower around by rocks, but good view of River Clyde, can’t compare with Stirling Castle or Edinburgh Castle, don’t pay to a visit , check free admission November to March,

Thank sandy5337
Reviewed 10 November 2017

Could not manage the steps this time for the view - but I remember it being pretty special. We also took a little stroll along the foreshore.

Thank Anthony L
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22 July 2017|
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Response from CAOLILAWELL | Reviewed this property |
Google do not a bad Direction map it's the Dumbarton cut-off from the erskine bridge , about 3miles from bridge , pretty easy
1 September 2016|
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Response from Veronica T | Reviewed this property |
The booklet says 557 some of them quite steep & narrow 1 person wide
John E
31 August 2016|
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Response from Catherine M | Reviewed this property |
No but there is a prison