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Dumbarton Castle

Impressively situated on a volcanic rock overlooking the Firth of Clyde, Dumbarton Castle was an important royal refuge in the Middle Ages.

Dumbarton Castle

About Dumbarton Castle

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Dumbarton Castle was once the capital of the Kingdom of Strathclyde, and it played an important role in Scottish history. It was besieged by Vikings in the 9th century, and it was also used by King Robert the Bruce during the Scottish Wars of Independence.

In the 17th century, Dumbarton Castle was captured by Oliver Cromwell's forces during the English Civil War. It was later restored by the Stuart monarchy, and it remained in use as a military base until the early 20th century.

Today, Dumbarton Castle is a popular tourist destination. It is managed by Historic Environment Scotland, and it is open to the public for guided tours.

Here are some of the things you can see and do at Dumbarton Castle:

• Explore the castle's ruins, including the Great Hall, the Chapel Royal, and the Governor's House.

• Learn about the castle's history through interactive exhibits and displays.

• Take in the stunning views of the River Clyde and the surrounding countryside from the castle walls.

• Enjoy a picnic lunch in the castle gardens.

Dumbarton Castle is a fascinating place to visit, and it is a great way to learn about Scottish history and culture.

Image Credit: Historic Environment Scotland

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