Dumbarton Castle, Dumbarton

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#1 of 9 in Historic Sites in Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park
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.HistoryAccording to the local museum, Dumbarton Rock is a volcanic plug of basalt created 334 million years ago, with the softer exterior of the volcano having weathered away.Iron 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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  • Situated on the outskirts of the town at the junction between the rivers Leven and Clyde this volcanic rock is the home to what should be as equally famous stronghold as those in Stirling and Edinburg...  more »
  • Dumbarton castle is a rock so it is quite a climb to everything. But the climb is well worth the effort. There are many buildings preserved and some you can from the inside. The view is really beautiful. Also quite interesting to be able to read the entire history. Even in World War 2 was still used against the air raids of the Germans.
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  • An old prison and fort, all that remains are just a few buildings. Lots of stairs to work off some energy for the kids. Great views of the area.  more »
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  • Bit pricey for what it is. couple of stone buildings on top of a rock. Years ago it used to be free but not any more. Wouldn't pay to see this. there are far better ruins to scrutinize then these and if its the view then try walking up the kilpatrick hills the views are much better
  • Must visit, absolute bargain and very entertaining. Walking around the volcanic rock is great. When we were there the weather was nice, which helped, but this small castle is very scenic regardless
  • Lovely castle with great views. Kids loved climbing all the stairs. There are one or two sections that are not the safest for smaller kids but as long as you keep an eye on them it is fine. Would go again.
  • Beautiful. Was closed when we were there but as you can see from the pics, it was still great to walk around.
  • A beautiful place to come on a sunny day. The 360 view from the very top is splendid! There are a lot of steps so unfortunately it's not accessible to the disabled which is a shame but is the case with old buildings such as this. It really stands out from the rest with its unique location and the history associated with it also helps! It wasn't too crowded during my visit which was good for being able to browse in peace. Will definitely be coming back for another visit.

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