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Newark Castle, Port Glasgow

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Newark Castle is a well-preserved castle sited on the south shore of the estuary of the River Clyde in Port Glasgow, Inverclyde, Scotland, where the firth gradually narrows from the Firth of Clyde and navigation upriver is made difficult by shifting sandbanks. For centuries this location was used to offload seagoing ships, and led to the growth of Port Glasgow close to the castle on either side and to the south. When dredging techniques made the Clyde navigable as far as Glasgow the port became a shipbuilding centre, and the castle was surrounded by shipyards. Ferguson Shipbuilders, the last shipyard on the lower Clyde, stands close to the west of the castle, but the shipyards to the east were removed around the 1980s and new landscaped areas formed to the east of Newark Castle, opening up scenic views of the castle and across the Clyde from a new bypass road.HistoryThe castle was built in 1478 by George Maxwell when he inherited the Barony of Finlanstone in the parish of Kilmacolm. The original castle had a tower house within a walled enclosure or barmkin entered through a large gatehouse. All that remains of the outer defensive wall is from one of the original corner towers. It is thought that there would have been a hall and ancillary buildings such as a bakehouse and brew house inside the walled enclosure.
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  • The castle is on the south shore of River Clyde. We were on the way to Greenock and stopped for a while at this castle, just a few minutes for the closing time. We might take some pictures before they...  more »
  • Not a big castle however still worth a visit, children can have a taste of dressing up to suit the period, they have done some nice restoration work and it has a interesting history  more »
  • Right on the River Clyde, this remarkably well preserved castle is well worth visiting to see some of the preserved rooms and how the exterior was updated over the centuries. There's a wonderful view ...  more »
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  • The most well kept castle we visited in Scotland. The staff take a lot of pride in this castle & are super friendly. There's many rooms to explore and has nice views over the water. You can visit this castle with the Historic Scotland Explorer Pass which is really great value.
  • The castle is decievingly large inside and a bit of a maze! Cool place to look around and a few good lookout spots on a nice day
  • Well worth the cost almost all in tact
  • Scenic but that's about all there is there
  • My gran was the custodian and lived in the Castle. I spent my childhood growing up there. Loved it . Still love the place now

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