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Rothesay Castle

Castlehill Street, Rothesay PA20 0DA, Scotland
+44 1700 502691
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Great way to spend an afternoon

Visited around 2pm and paid a fiver for entry. The man working at reception was very friendly and... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Stirling, United Kingdom
via mobile
A Must See

Really enjoyed our visit to the castle.Five pounds entry fee and we'll worth it.You can spend as... read more

Reviewed 4 December 2017
Julie D
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Situated on the Isle of Bute, Rothesay Castles dates back to the early 13th century and is remarkably well preserved in spite of its age. Built by the Stewart family to defend against invading Norwegian fleets, Rothesay’s immense circular curtain wall makes it unique in Scotland. In 1230 it survived a three-day siege by King Haakon IV of Norway which precipitated the castle’s fortification with four round towers. It became a royal residence soon after and was later occupied by Robert the Bruce during the Wars of Scottish Independence and served as a base for Cromwell’s troops in the late 17th century. The grandiose great hall in the gatehouse was restored by a Marquess of Bute in 1900 which now contains informative interpretive display which illuminate the history of the castle and its inhabitants. The 15th century St Michael’s Chapel in the courtyard is another of the castle’s impressive surviving features.
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Castlehill Street, Rothesay PA20 0DA, Scotland
+44 1700 502691
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited around 2pm and paid a fiver for entry. The man working at reception was very friendly and informative. The castle itself is mostly a ruin with construction work being done to restore parts of it, however I'd recommend traversing down the ladders inside and...More

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Reviewed 4 December 2017 via mobile

Really enjoyed our visit to the castle.Five pounds entry fee and we'll worth it.You can spend as long as you like looking round very well kept and a real moat around it.The castle also has a dungeon you can climb down and visit.Would recommend the...More

Thank Julie D
Reviewed 19 November 2017

Having free entry due to being English Heritage members, we visited Rothesay Castle on a quiet, showery day whilst on holiday on the Isle of Bute. So very glad we did, as although the castle can't claim to be as impressive as other historical attractions...More

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Reviewed 6 October 2017

Viewed the castle recently and found it very small on the inside. There is steps leading up to the first floor with one large room and a smaller room which has the history of the castle playing on screen. There is more to see outside...More

Thank John M
Reviewed 3 October 2017 via mobile

Our main visit target on Bute was the Mount Stuart house so how wonderful that this Castle is in the town centre and with easy access ... the locals are lucky 🍀 with this on the doorstep! Lots of history and clean and open viewing...More

Thank jimboSaundersfoot
Reviewed 18 September 2017

On the Isle of Bute, not much left but worth visiting. King Robert III died here and there is so much history associated with Rothesay. Google, then visit.

Thank Marietta S
Reviewed 10 September 2017

this is a castle right in the town, its a good hour visit but there is little to tell you about its history etc

Thank phil a
Reviewed 7 September 2017

Situated right in the centre of town with a moat all the way round.Very picturesque and a lovely place to wander round, well worth a visit, costs £5 for an adult as of September 2017

Thank Graham C
Reviewed 2 September 2017 via mobile

A small castle , badly presented, scaffolding up in places, and it feels tired, which is bizarre considering how old it is. At some point in the 1970s or so it seemed like a good idea to build lots of ugly buildings directly around the...More

Thank sarahloul
Reviewed 28 August 2017 via mobile

The Isle of Bute is a microcosm of Scotland, it has everything on this little island that encapsulates the Scottish feel. The castle is in the main town Rothsay, getting to the island is a bit expensive it cost us £15 return on the ferry,...More

Thank Duncan W
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23 October 2015|
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Response from Lesley H | Reviewed this property |
Rothesay Castle is a visitor attraction, a ruined castle! So definitely no hairdryers anywhere!
15 February 2015|
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Response from JacqFromDunfie | Reviewed this property |
Hi. I also have interest in McKirdys and their associated spelling variants on Bute. However when I toured Rothesay Castle there was no mention of McKirdys in the displays. Best wishes. Jacqueline Hunter.