We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Threave Castle

Castle Douglas, Kirkcudbright DG7 1TJ, Scotland
+44 7711 223101
Website
Share
Save
Book In Advance
More Info
US$41.64*
and up
Historic Scotland Explorer Pass
Why Book on TripAdvisor?
  • Tour highlights & full itinerary
  • Easy online booking
  • Lowest price guaranteed
More Information ›
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Overview
More
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.
  • Excellent57%
  • Very good33%
  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“boat trip” (26 reviews)
“ring the bell” (22 reviews)
Closed Now
Hours
Hours Today: 09:30 - 17:30
LOCATION
Castle Douglas, Kirkcudbright DG7 1TJ, Scotland
CONTACT
Website
+44 7711 223101
Write a ReviewReviews (285)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
All reviews
"viewing platform"
in 26 reviews
"boat trip"
in 26 reviews
"ring the bell"
in 22 reviews
"across the river"
in 25 reviews
"car park"
in 51 reviews
"osprey nest"
in 11 reviews
"nature reserve"
in 11 reviews
"pleasant walk"
in 9 reviews
"circular walk"
in 8 reviews
"bird watching"
in 7 reviews
"small motor boat"
in 6 reviews
"roe"
in 6 reviews
"closed due"
in 6 reviews
"information boards"
in 12 reviews
"short trip"
in 5 reviews
"bird hide"
in 5 reviews
"red kites"
in 4 reviews
Filter

1 - 10 of 272 reviews

Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We visited the castle super early and the boat wasn’t running yet to take us across. Nice walk down to view the castle and got to see some deer. We never could find the osprey nest either. Very peaceful and pretty walk. Great pictures of...More

Thank rachel3648
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The short boat trip across to the castle was super as was the boatman's knowledge of both the castle and the area. The the walk along the riverside to see the osprey nesting through the field-scope provided by knowledgeable RSPB volunteers. A lovely walk- quite...More

Thank Loretta R
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Friendly staff. Great day out. The top of the castle was closed but as Peregrine Falcons were nesting there it is understandable!

Thank vickieboouk
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
See more reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Well signposted, very knowledgeable and helpful staff, plenty of parking and clean WC. Lots of wildlife around the castle and the boat trip over was very rapid. If we hadn't been travelling on that day, we could have stayed for hours watching the Ospreys and...More

Thank camket
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

After taking a 15 min walk from the car park you arrive at the site of a castle separated from you by a local river. A quick ring of the bell and the ferryman is with you to take you across. The cost is included...More

Thank oddbod1808
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Enjoyed our visit to what remains of this small castle. The fact that it is on an island in the river certainly adds to the atmosphere on a gloomy day and the short boat ride was fun. When we visited there were peregrines nesting on...More

1  Thank FedererFanatic
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 12 May 2018 via mobile

Started our walk from foot of Castle Douglas, great to see the Osprey nest, very informative friendly guide to tell you all about the Ospreys . Finished walk off with a coffee and the best piece of carrot cake I’ve had for a long time...More

Thank Shirley M
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 6 May 2018

Lovely place for a one or two hour stop. Nice to stop at the river for a boat ride across the water to get to the castle. We all loved seeing the Osprey sitting on her nest through various telescopes.

1  Thank dangerous dog
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 29 April 2018

When the weather is good, there is no better place to stretch your legs and see the history and wildlife. Ring the bell for the ferryman to boat you to the island or just look out for the birds. Ospreys and peregrines, what more could...More

Thank 144lizzyk
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 27 April 2018 via mobile

A quirky castle and must see if you are in the area. You park at the visitor centre where you pay for your tickets and then walk roughly one mile up a country path to the castle. The route is well signposted and maintained. When...More

Thank sophie-louise1995
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Nearby
Nearby HotelsSee all 4 hotels in Kirkcudbright
Kings Arms Hotel
146 reviews
.42 km away
The Market Inn Hotel
98 reviews
1.02 km away
The Urr Valley Hotel
484 reviews
2.19 km away
The Birchtree Hotel
64 reviews
7.05 km away
Nearby Restaurants
Streetlights
155 reviews
.44 km away
Carlo's
244 reviews
.37 km away
Nikos Apostolakis
269 reviews
.51 km away
Cafe at Designs
231 reviews
.46 km away
Nearby Attractions
Sulwath Brewers Ltd
74 reviews
.37 km away
In House Chocolates by Design
25 reviews
.63 km away
Nocturnal Wildlife Tours
16 reviews
.34 km away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
Howard B
7 March 2018|
Answer
Response from suziecoop01 | Reviewed this property |
Hi Howard no just in the spring/summer.
1
Vote
Nonglak L
14 May 2017|
AnswerShow all 5 answers
Response from ByHistoricScotland | Property representative |
Good Morning, Thanks for your message. Below is information about the access at Threave Castle. I hope this helps. Parking There is a level, gravel surfaced parking area. The are no accessible spaces marked. Approach to... More
1
Vote
;