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Threave Castle

Castle Douglas, Kirkcudbright DG7 1TJ, Scotland
+44 7711 223101
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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.
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Castle Douglas, Kirkcudbright DG7 1TJ, Scotland
+44 7711 223101
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Reviewed 5 November 2017

We really enjoyed the walk out to the castle in the early morning--skies were overcast but the castle was charming and we enjoyed photographing the reflection. The dock was flooded so the boat wasn't running to take visitors over to the castle but we still...More

Thank sgphoto
Reviewed 21 October 2017

there are ospreys in the area and the RSPB Volunteers provided a viewing platform to watch the local feeding post we were very lucky as there was an osprey feeding. A great experience - Thanks to the Volunteers

Thank Graham I
Reviewed 19 October 2017

There is quite a long walk which can be muddy leading down from the visitor centre to the riverside where you take a trip across the river to the castle, so wear walking boots or wellies in wet weather. When we reached the jetty we...More

Thank Jacqueline M
Reviewed 11 October 2017 via mobile

You need to travel a fair distance on foot to get to the castle but it is a romantic setting I love to visit occasionally. As far as I know it would be very difficult for wheelchair users to access.

Thank Leebee28
Reviewed 26 September 2017

This was a working castle, as opposed to castles with adornments. It is impressively tall. The jail is grim. You get to and from the castle by motorboat which adds to the adventure.

Thank jim b
Reviewed 25 September 2017

A great combination of a pleasant short walk to get there, the fun of being rowed across, the wildlife to see from hides or the island, and a splendid run with suitable grim stories. Children seemed to have a lovely time fighting in the ruins.

Thank Patrickmac
Reviewed 19 September 2017

This is a truly great ruin/location. You must walk on a great path about 1/2 mile to get to the small rowboat type boat that takes you about 30 yards over a river to the castle island. What a great location. Take a picnic and...More

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Reviewed 10 September 2017 via mobile

We planned out trip with friends with a young child the day before when sitting in gorgeous sunshine.... then on the day it poured! We were soaking and muddy before we even got on the boat and despite our lovely boat lady wiping the seats...More

Thank suziecoop01
Reviewed 3 September 2017 via mobile

An Historic Scotland site we've visited many times before, but the first since the awful floods a couple of years ago. A gentle stroll down to the river, ring the bell and the ferry boat comes across to collect you. Once across the silence is...More

Thank David S
Reviewed 1 September 2017 via mobile

Came here by chance and was delighted by how lovely it all was. First a pleasant stroll around 15 min to the boat jetty. On the way saw some roe deer and lots of other wildlife. Very short but enjoyable boat trip to the island...More

Thank Cath H
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Nonglak L
14 May 2017|
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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
Sharon J
1 August 2016|
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Response from ac840 | Reviewed this property |
I assume it is as the reverse applies to me in England and it used to when up here when I had a NT card. However when I last visited about three weeks ago, the castle was still temporarily closed due to flood damage and a... More