Dumbarton Castle, Dumbarton

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4.3/5 based on 260+ reviews on the web
Dumbarton Castle has the longest recorded history of any stronghold in Scotland. It overlooks the Scottish town of Dumbarton, and sits on a plug of volcanic basalt known as Dumbarton Rock which is 240ft high.HistoryIron AgeAt least as far back as the Iron Age, this has been the site of a strategically important settlement. Its early residents were known to have traded with the Romans. The presence of a settlement is first recorded in a letter Saint Patrick wrote to King Ceretic of Alt Clut in the late 5th century.Early Medieval EraDavid Nash Ford has proposed that Dumbarton was the Cair Brithon ("Fort of the Britons") listed by Nennius among the 28 cities of Sub-Roman Britain. From the fifth century until the ninth, the castle was the centre of the independent Brythonic Kingdom of Strathclyde. Alt Clut or Alcluith, the Brythonic name for Dumbarton Rock, became a metonym for kingdom. The king of Dumbarton in about AD 570 was Riderch Hael, who features in Welsh and Latin works.
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  • Stairs, Stairs and More Stairs. You'll get buns of steel from a visit to this castle. BUT it's SO DARN COOL! It's built INTO the Rock of Clyde, and it's BREATHTAKING (partially from the stairs... just...  read more »
  • We both enjoyed this visit especially as the views across the Clyde from the top walkways are tremendous. There are loads of steps; we didn't mind this at all but it could put off people, who are less...  read more »
  • Of course Dumbarton Castle has lots of interesting history associated with it and there are information panels throughout to inform you of this (and a guidebook available for purchase) but what really...  read more »
  • The views from the castle are breathtaking. Entry is £7 for an adult and there is a bit of a hike to get to the top, but when you get there in the end, it makes the effort all worth it. Directions : We took Scotrail to Dumbarton east and about a 15 minute walk from there
  • Amazing!! We went when the rock of ages event was on but the castle itself is great and will keep you fit walking around while seeing some stunning views. 😀
  • Wow...a complex and amazing castle. My ancestors lived here and it was overwhelming, it was so beautiful. The 500+ steps are worth the climb...unparalleled views abound at the top. I loved standing in the turrets and imagining what the lookouts would have seen back then. So neat. GO if you can.
  • Fantastic views from the top. My son and I climbed to the top in summer of 1994, he was 6 yrs old my daughter was just over a year, it wasn't suitable to take her up as lot of clambering. We were on the Sunday school annual summer trip. Well worth a visit. ☺
  • we didn't go inside but it was beautiful outside. On the estuary where the sea meets the river.
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