Dumbarton Castle, Dumbarton
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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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  • Great views up and down the river from the top of the rocky outcrop. Lots of steps but worth the climb and full of history. 
  • Dumbarton Castle is worth the work. There are over 300 stairs to the top of the rock. The history is amazing; the view from the top is breathtaking. There is a lovely gift shop. 
  • Dumbarton Castle holds a number of secrets folks dont necessarily think of for the area. Its a beautiful castle, with treats in store, and gorgeous views. 
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  • Amazing Castle with loads of history. You need your walking shoe's for this one as it's got 557 step's. That is not including all the different levels and battlements to walk along. Well worth the climb when you get to see the amazing views from the top. Don't forget your camera xx
  • This place is absolutely dripping with history. If you think you might want to visit, do it. 4.50 pounds per adult is a very small price to pay for the experience and the gorgeous views.
  • Great battlement walkway, good shop. Very good workout out and absolutely fantastic views once at the top.
  • I can't believe it's only £4.50 to explore this place which is amazing if you have the use of your legs. Been back and forth to this place a million times. It's fab
  • was cheap to get in. not too much to see but the views are amazing. would be good if historic Scotland considered opening the French prison.