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Rothesay Castle

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Address: Castlehill Street, Rothesay PA20 0DA, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 1700 502691
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Cross the drawbridge over the moat and climb the "bloody stair"...

Cross the drawbridge over the moat and climb the "bloody stair" to the circular ramparts, or descend into a forbidding pit prison. This doughty stronghold, built in the 1200s was twice besieged and captured by the Norse, who battered down the eastern wall with their axes. A short film tells this remarkable story.

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Myself and my partner have a historic Scotland membership and love to explore castles and ruins, this wee castle is interesting and easy to get to, its about 5mins from the peir... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
Kerry M
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The castle is in the centre of the town so easy to get to and worth a visit when in Rothesay. I found it very interesting and the entry fee is reasonable.

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Thank Melanie C
Blackburn, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

All that was needed was the quiz sheet and a couple of pencils to keep our grand children fully occupied for our visit to this castle. They must have completed half a dozen tours of the whole site. The castle history is very interesting and we would recommend a tour to anyone visiting the Isle of Bute.

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Thank Greavsie38
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11 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Myself and my partner have a historic Scotland membership and love to explore castles and ruins, this wee castle is interesting and easy to get to, its about 5mins from the peir and sits almost in the middle of the town of Rothesay. Worth a visit, informative video inside the castle explaining its history. Parts of the castle were being... More 

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Thank Kerry M
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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55 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

Attended a tourism meeting in Rothesay Castle which is just a great venue that stands out as a unique meeting place.The facilities as good and the staff warm and welcoming. Easily situated in the heart of the town and in view when disembarking the ferry which in itself adds to the experience of the day.

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Thank Kevin R
Ayr, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Castle is presented in beautiful condition. A short walk from the ferry. There was work being done but was still very peaceful. My first visit and I shall be back again. Kids had a fantastic time and we spent an hour and a half exploring.

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Thank carolmcgill82
Ross-on-Wye, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

I visited on an autumnal day, so if you do beware of the of the uneven and slippery steps if like me my mobility is less than perfect. The castle is very interesting with lots of signage and a video room to amuse the kids.

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Thank Richard P
Devon, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016

A small but lovely looking castle with moat, especially from the front and side view, Cheap entry fee

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Thank Willis234
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016 via mobile

Beautiful castle ruin surrounded by moat. Most of the outer walls are still intact but not that much to see in the interior to be Honest.. few bits to explore and a small dungeon area accessed by metal ladders. Inexpensive to visit.. But good photo opportunities by just walking round the Outside of the castle.. All in all enjoyable short... More 

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Thank Adam_Caroline
West Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

We learned while there Prince Charles is Duke of Rothesay. Was a bit smaller than what we thought but a pleasure to visit.

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Thank jycarr1963
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016

The Castle has an amazing history for a small island. A must see when visiting Bute. Centrally located within easy reach of ferry terminal.

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