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.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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  • 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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  • 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.
  • Nice place, good view, took some visiting relatives out here and they enjoyed it. Try get it on a sunny day and take a bottle of water/some food with you for the top
  • Beautiful settling with an historic castle. Be warned there are lots of stairs!
  • The view toward Ben Lomond from the top is breathtaking on a clear day. Not much on display but the staff are knowledgeable and definitely worth joining their guided tours.
  • This medieval castle is in very good condition (though it has changed quite a lot since then in both structure and appearance) and, at only a few minutes drive away from Glasgow, very easy to get to. The displays are informative and the views from the lookouts are spectacular.

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