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Threave Castle

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Address: Castle Douglas, Kirkcudbright DG7 1TJ, Scotland
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+44 7711 223101

Cross the River Dee by boat to visit this enchanting castle on its own...

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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Serenely calm

Stunning ruins on island; requiring a short boat journey. Very romantic ruined keep. Otters in river. Stunningly beautiful

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stunning ruins on island; requiring a short boat journey. Very romantic ruined keep. Otters in river. Stunningly beautiful

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Boat wasn't in operation the day we visited but we enjoyed the walk anyway with our dog. We came across an otter, roe deer & 2 peregrine on the castle

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017

This is a lovely and easy walk, suitable for families of all ages. The path from Castle Douglas has been reopened following last years floods. You get great views of the castle from the jetty, and from the small hill. You can also at certain times of year watch the nesting ospreys from the viewing platform, using the provided binoculars... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016 via mobile

Nice walk down to the jetty where you pick up the boat for the 30 yard journey across the river to see the castle, unfortunately it's closed at end of October, but still a great backdrop to the landscape and ideal for a photo stop

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

This is a great walk and Castle, especially the boat acroos the moat to the castle our Grandson loved it.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

After visiting Sweetheart Abbey we were recommended to visit Threave Castle, we were so thankful for this recommendation as we loved getting the boat over to the island. A definite must for families or couples.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

This is fantastic experience. You walk about a mile through lovely fields, on path, take a wee boat across and find out all about the Douglas the the infighting of theScots , way back. Last boat about 4pm

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

What an unexpected delight!! Free with our membership this was amazing, a wonderful unexpected discovery. Castle complete with creepy prisoner, a mini boat trip, a bell to ring, excellent all round :D

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

This Castle is a worthwhile visit. So much history in this building and it has a much deserved place in Scotlands historic past. A great location, a place to relax and absorb the atmosphere.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

Beautiful scenery, lovely gentle walk with wide angle views of a larger than normal Scottish tower house type castle and a wee boat trip! The staff are wonderful, very helpful and as it was quiet the kids got an extra wee jaunt up the river. Great place for a picnic after a game of Draughts on the giant board laid... More 

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