Dumbarton Castle

[View over the Clyde estuary from Dumbarton Rock]

The views from the top of Dumbarton Rock are worth the visit alone - this is one of the most dramatically-sited castles in the country. The ancient volcano here has been a point of defence for centuries, with the buildings you see today dating from the 14th century or later. For outdoor-types, the wonderful summit panorama (accessed by hundreds of steps) over the Clyde estuary, and north into the West Highlands, is the key attraction. But the castle itself, composed of several buildings mainly clustered around the base of the rock, is interesting in its own right, with particularly impressive artillery fortifications. Scaffolding prevented views of the building exteriors on our visit, hence the lack of photos.

[Dumbarton from the summit of the rock, the hills around Loch Lomond visible beyond in the murk]

📌 Dumbarton Castle ★★☆
Location: Dumbarton Rock, 1 mile south of Dumbarton town centre, G.R.: NS 400744 ///codes.usual.exile
Open (2018): Daily, April to October; Saturday to Wednesday, November to March
Cost (2018): £5 (adults), £3 (children), free for Historic Environment Scotland members

[Sun setting over the rock]

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