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Rothesay Castle

Castlehill Street, Rothesay PA20 0DA, Scotland
+44 1700 502691
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Who was Magnus Barefoot? And where the Bloody Staires?

There's more history here than you might think. The castle has seen some action and it shows... read more

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WolverhamptonVideo
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This castle is a spectacular site in the middle of the town - well worth a visit ...the... read more

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Situated on the Isle of Bute, Rothesay Castles dates back to the early 13th century and is remarkably well preserved in spite of its age. Built by the Stewart family to defend against invading Norwegian fleets, Rothesay’s immense circular curtain wall makes it unique in Scotland. In 1230 it survived a three-day siege by King Haakon IV of Norway which precipitated the castle’s fortification with four round towers. It became a royal residence soon after and was later occupied by Robert the Bruce during the Wars of Scottish Independence and served as a base for Cromwell’s troops in the late 17th century. The grandiose great hall in the gatehouse was restored by a Marquess of Bute in 1900 which now contains informative interpretive display which illuminate the history of the castle and its inhabitants. The 15th century St Michael’s Chapel in the courtyard is another of the castle’s impressive surviving features.
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"centre of town"
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"video presentation"
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"climb down"
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"information boards"
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"minute video"
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"photo opportunities"
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"worth a visit"
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"interesting site"
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"scottish history"
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"quiz sheet"
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"run by historic scotland"
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Reviewed yesterday

There's more history here than you might think. The castle has seen some action and it shows. The modern part houses a selection of local history guides. See the old well and look to your left for the Bloody Stairs by the Chapel. Not much...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago

This castle is a spectacular site in the middle of the town - well worth a visit ...the surroundings grounds and moat are fabulous so well kept ......

Thank Susan Ann N
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Turn the corner on the High Street and there it is Rothesay Castle. Yes it has seen better days but oozes history from every brick. Climb up onto the battlements where you can have a great view of Rothesay. The huge fire Place in the...More

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Reviewed 31 December 2017 via mobile

Visited around 2pm and paid a fiver for entry. The man working at reception was very friendly and informative. The castle itself is mostly a ruin with construction work being done to restore parts of it, however I'd recommend traversing down the ladders inside and...More

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Reviewed 4 December 2017 via mobile

Really enjoyed our visit to the castle.Five pounds entry fee and we'll worth it.You can spend as long as you like looking round very well kept and a real moat around it.The castle also has a dungeon you can climb down and visit.Would recommend the...More

Thank Julie D
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Reviewed 19 November 2017

Having free entry due to being English Heritage members, we visited Rothesay Castle on a quiet, showery day whilst on holiday on the Isle of Bute. So very glad we did, as although the castle can't claim to be as impressive as other historical attractions...More

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Reviewed 6 October 2017

Viewed the castle recently and found it very small on the inside. There is steps leading up to the first floor with one large room and a smaller room which has the history of the castle playing on screen. There is more to see outside...More

Thank John M
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Reviewed 3 October 2017 via mobile

Our main visit target on Bute was the Mount Stuart house so how wonderful that this Castle is in the town centre and with easy access ... the locals are lucky 🍀 with this on the doorstep! Lots of history and clean and open viewing...More

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Reviewed 18 September 2017

On the Isle of Bute, not much left but worth visiting. King Robert III died here and there is so much history associated with Rothesay. Google, then visit.

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Reviewed 10 September 2017

this is a castle right in the town, its a good hour visit but there is little to tell you about its history etc

Thank phil a
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diddydavejen
24 October 2015|
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Response from Lesley H | Reviewed this property |
Rothesay Castle is a visitor attraction, a ruined castle! So definitely no hairdryers anywhere!
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SLM382
15 February 2015|
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Response from JacqFromDunfie | Reviewed this property |
Hi. I also have interest in McKirdys and their associated spelling variants on Bute. However when I toured Rothesay Castle there was no mention of McKirdys in the displays. Best wishes. Jacqueline Hunter.
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