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Rothesay Castle

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Address: Castlehill Street, Rothesay PA20 0DA, Scotland
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+44 1700 502691

Cross the drawbridge over the moat and climb the "bloody stair"...

Cross the drawbridge over the moat and climb the "bloody stair" to the circular ramparts, or descend into a forbidding pit prison. This doughty stronghold, built in the 1200s was twice besieged and captured by the Norse, who battered down the eastern wall with their axes. A short film tells this remarkable story.

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Sunday afternoon stroll through the castle

Tricias daughter was over for the weekend so we decided as it was a nice day to go to the castle. Entry was £4,50 per head and we were quite surprised at just how big the castle... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Diss, United Kingdom
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Diss, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Tricias daughter was over for the weekend so we decided as it was a nice day to go to the castle. Entry was £4,50 per head and we were quite surprised at just how big the castle actually is. There are quite a few interesting things to see, the hall, the pit and you can climb up to quite a... More 

Thank Robert S S
Preston, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This castle is very good as it is in generally good condition, and boasts various attractions and views of the town. The entry fee £4.50 is great value for an “official” premises. The condition of the castle was fantastic, with renovation ongoing whilst we were there. This is an absolute must see attraction in Rothesay.

Thank Mark T
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Good place to visit, undergoing resteration in some areas. Allow for staiars, some are narrow. Walking around the moat, is ok, but be careful, do not go to near the edge or you will fall in.

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

Right in the centre of town; only 5 minutes from seafront. Mostly ruined but still lots to see; fascinating history. Especially on a good day, very pleasant to walk round.

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scotland, uk
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Worth visiting the castle, you can walk round it, in it and up it in some parts. Also a pit dungeon with a steep ladder and small entry hole, bit of a squeeze but interesting to see. Info plaques dotted about. Helpful friendly staff. 10 mins video about the castle to watch.... Ancient castle with a lot of history to... More 

Thank a_suthers
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2017

Rothesay Castle is a ruined castle in Rothesay, the principal town on the Isle of Bute, in western Scotland. Located at NS086646, the castle has been described as "one of the most remarkable in Scotland", for its long history dating back to the beginning of the 13th century, and its unusual circular plan. The castle comprises a huge curtain wall,... More 

Thank Zheng M
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016 via mobile

The castle is in the centre of the town so easy to get to and worth a visit when in Rothesay. I found it very interesting and the entry fee is reasonable.

Thank Melanie C
Blackburn, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

All that was needed was the quiz sheet and a couple of pencils to keep our grand children fully occupied for our visit to this castle. They must have completed half a dozen tours of the whole site. The castle history is very interesting and we would recommend a tour to anyone visiting the Isle of Bute.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016 via mobile

Myself and my partner have a historic Scotland membership and love to explore castles and ruins, this wee castle is interesting and easy to get to, its about 5mins from the peir and sits almost in the middle of the town of Rothesay. Worth a visit, informative video inside the castle explaining its history. Parts of the castle were being... More 

Thank Kerry M
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

Attended a tourism meeting in Rothesay Castle which is just a great venue that stands out as a unique meeting place.The facilities as good and the staff warm and welcoming. Easily situated in the heart of the town and in view when disembarking the ferry which in itself adds to the experience of the day.

Thank Kevin R

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