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Dumbarton Castle History   

Dumbarton Castle has the longest recorded history of any fort in Britain.

Built on a volcanic plug, this was the ancient capital of Strathclyde, which was an independent kingdom until 1018. Mary, Queen of Scots left from Dumbarton Castle for France in 1548 at the age of five.

The Dumbarton Rock has been defended until modern times, and was last used in World War II.

The rock is split in two, with a level area between which was the site of the ancient buildings.

The Castle Today

Today only the French Prison is there, plus the well.

This is reached from the King George Battery and Governor’s House (both of 1735), passing through the guardhouse (16th century) and the 14th century portcullis arch, which is the oldest surviving structure.

The guardhouse has a display room, with medieval grave slabs and more modern uniforms.

From Dumbarton Castle Road 344 steps climb up to the White Tower, with the highest point at 240ft, with a viewpoint, flagstaff and remnants of a tower.

The east rock, or The Beak, has a magazine dated to 1748. It was designed by William Skinner to store 150 barrels of gunpowder.

The whole rock is of interest for its fortifications, seven batteries with 19th century guns, steep paths, and spectacular views of Ben Lomond and the Firth of Clyde.

Dumbarton Castle Map&Location

Address: Dumbarton Castle Castle Road, Dumbarton, Dunbartonshire G82 1JJ, United Kingdom. Get help with directions using the map provided bellow:

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Dumbarton Castle Photos

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Dumbarton Castle
Dumbarton Castle - The Governors House
Dumbarton Castle the Wallace Tower
Dumbarton Castle - King George's Battery
Dumbarton Castle Bower Battery
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