Dumbarton Castle

There’s much more to our area than great scenery.

Aerial view of Dumbarton Castle and the River ClydeDumbarton CastleView from the White Tower Crag at Dumbarton CastleDuke of Argyll's Battery, Dumbarton Castle

Due to access restrictions in place as a precautionary measure while we undertake high level masonry inspections, there is currently no visitor access to this site. Find out more about our conservation work: https://www.historicenvironment.scot/about-us/news/new-measures-introduced-to-manage-the-impact-of-climate-change/

Visit a stronghold that stood at the heart of an ancient kingdom covering the area now known as Strathclyde.

Conquer more than 500 steps to stand atop one of Scotland’s greatest strongholds - Dumbarton Castle.

The iconic Rock of the Clyde has heritage as breath-taking as its views over the Clyde, Loch Lomond and Argyll.

Dumbarton was a centre of power in what later became the Kingdom of Strathclyde. It was later sacked by Vikings. The castle 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.

Opening hours:
Due to access restrictions in place as a precautionary measure while we undertake high level masonry inspections, there is currently no visitor access to this site.

*There are 547 steps throughout the castle making the property unsuitable for visitors using wheelchairs or with limited mobility.

Very occasionally a property has to close at short notice due to adverse weather conditions or other reasons outwith our control. Please check our closure page for any unexpected site closures historicenvironment.scot/closures You can also follow closure tweets from @welovehistory using #hsclosure. Alternatively please call the site before setting off to check they are open.

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Address: Castle Road, Dumbarton G82 1JJ
Tel: 01389 732167

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