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Sadly, Closed for a Wedding

Visited on a Saturday expecting to see an old ruin but surprised by the restoration and its use as... read more

Reviewed 2 September 2018
Glasgow, United Kingdom
Christianne & Seamus' visit

Found this a little by accident, a very lucky accident. A hidden gem, sympathetic restoration... read more

Reviewed 27 August 2018
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Portencross, West Kilbride KA23 9QA, Scotland
+44 1294 823799
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All reviews firth of clyde well worth a visit beautiful setting scottish history short drive free entry their efforts historic scotland an awful lot hidden gem pleasant surprise knowledgeable volunteers great place to visit beautiful sunny day a wonderful job lovely wee place ayrshire coast
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Reviewed 2 September 2018

Visited on a Saturday expecting to see an old ruin but surprised by the restoration and its use as a wedding venue. It's a small castle but from what we could see looks worthy of another visit. There is a car park nearby and coastal...More

1  Thank GB-KSA
Reviewed 27 August 2018 via mobile

Found this a little by accident, a very lucky accident. A hidden gem, sympathetic restoration, stunning setting, plenty of information freely available and wonderfully friendly, helpful, fun and well informed guides. Really enjoyable and interesting. If you are in the area and don't visit, you...More

1  Thank seamus67_sh
Reviewed 18 August 2018

We were in the area and saw this was nearby. Enjoying history, we were glad to stop by - it's story is well told and considering it's free to get in, you get an awful lot of information back - via displays and a rolling...More

1  Thank Phil M
Reviewed 7 August 2018

I enjoyed the short drive off the main road to visit Portencross Castle. It is situated in a very attractive coastal setting, and there are very good views and walking opportunities here. The castle itself is small, but splendid, and well worth a visit. NB...More

Thank johnhouston2
Reviewed 6 August 2018 via mobile

Beautifully presented historic coastal castle , free to visit. Knowledgeable volunteers. Stunning setting.

Thank wildwhitebryony
Reviewed 20 July 2018

Lovingly restored, Portencross Castle is an historic gem on the Ayrshire coast. With a friendly welcome from the volunteers who staff it and an interesting and well presented history, it's a pleasure to visit and potter round, not least for the spectacular views from the...More

1  Thank Alison M
Reviewed 19 June 2018 via mobile

Beautiful place you can climb to the roof and get a stunning view of the firth of clyde its also been used in a number of films and TV productions and is steeped in history the guide gave us lots of information. The surrounding area...More

Thank rhonawk
Reviewed 14 June 2018

I always longed to see inside the ruined castle where I played in my childhood -- 70 years ago!. Friends of the Castle saved it from total ruin, and the re-building has been a success because it is not over-restored. It's still "a ruined castle"...More

Thank solo70
Reviewed 20 May 2018 via mobile

History buffs will love this place. The castle, though small, has been well preserved. The volunteers that greeted us were very knowledgable and enthusiastic in its place in Scottish history. One gentleman was happy to chat to me for at least 20 minutes. The area...More

Thank David A
Reviewed 12 April 2018 via mobile

We had a few days in the West Kilbride area and came across this fascinating piece of history on the Firth of Clyde shoreline. Plenty of information on the history of the castle including a short video. There were a couple of very helpful and...More

Thank Steve G
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13 July 2016|
Response from w0rldtraveller1963 | Reviewed this property |
Hi there, head south west towards Law Brae, turn right onto Law Brae, turn right onto Cubrieshaw St, turn left onto St Brides Road. At roundabout take second exit onto Portencross Road and carry on straight, there is a car... More
10 February 2016|
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Response from james499 | Reviewed this property |
Iwould say its not suitable for dogs '