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Dumbarton Castle

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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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Historic Treasure with a lovely vew

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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 1 week ago

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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Motherwell, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago 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 3 weeks ago

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Definitely a good attraction to go to in dumbarton looks right over the river Clyde you might have to ask someone how to get to it.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

We visited Edinburgh castle and it was well worth the climb! Try to make it for the one o'clock gun! The views from the top are spectacular. Lang's stairs are a must do but be prepared! Quite a challenge. Many things to see and experience here for sure.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017

You defo need to be in good condition to walk around this place :) love the view from the top, been there a couple of times!

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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

Bags of Scottish history from Viking raids to Mary Queen of Scots to WWII gun emplacements. We climbed to the very top and were almost blown away literally and emotionally. Wonderful view. Stunning rock formation, a volcanic stump right on the Clyde estuary, Three hundred feet of steps, some quite precipitous so not suitable for the very young. Take the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016

Good place to stop for a couple of hours on the way to Balloch The castle is easy to spot and you can walk to it after getting off the train - two stations are near by The town has interesting shipping history and the castle was has a long history with several notable and notorious visitors and prisoners -... More 

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