Dumbarton Castle


Castle Road, Dumbarton, Dunbartonshire, G82 1JJ

    Dumbarton Castle is located in the ancient capital of Scotland and is spectacularly sited on a volcanic rock overlooking the River Clyde.

    Conquer more than 500 steps to stand atop one of Scotland’s greatest strongholds. The iconic Rock of the Clyde has heritage as breathtaking as its views over the Clyde, Loch Lomond and Argyll.

    This dramatic volcanic plug, which is Dumbarton Rock, in-filled the crater of a volcano that was active 350 million years ago. The rock is well exposed and inaccessible on all sides. Click here if you want to learn more about this fascinating geological feature.

    Admire great examples of 18th century Georgian military architecture and stunning views from the Tower Crag.

    Throughout Dumbarton Castle’s long history it has been a royal residence and a fortress, and has many fascinating connections from the Vikings to the Scottish Wars of Independence. Mary Queen of Scots sailed to France from here as a child in 1548.

    Dumbarton Castle was the centre of the ancient Kingdom of Strathclyde, supposedly visited by Merlin. It was later sacked by Vikings. It became a cornerstone of medieval royal power and latterly served as a military base and prison. You can explore its many fortifications with our interactive family trail.

    The property is not suitable for visitors using wheelchairs or with limited mobility. 

    4 Castle
    Green Tourism Gold
    Opening Times
    Open All Year
    2014 Opening Times
    1 Jan 2014 - 31 Dec 2014

    Open all year. Nov-Mar: closed Thursday and Friday

    Ticket Information
    Adult £4.50 per ticket
    Child £2.70 per ticket
    Concessions £3.60 per ticket

    Last ticket sold 45 minutes before closing.

    Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.


    • Self Service
    • Tea & Coffee Available


    • Toilets

    Leisure Facilities

    • Gift Shop


    • Cycle Rack
    • Parking


    • Children Welcome


    • ASVA Member

    Payment Methods

    • Cash
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    • Electron
    • Maestro Card
    • Mastercard
    • Solo Card
    • Switch Card
    • VISA Card

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