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1 June 2023

Routine maintenance works to take place at Dumbarton Castle

Entry will be free for visitors while temporary restrictions are in place at the historic site as rock scaling and de-vegetation is carried out

General view of Dumbarton Castle

Partial access restrictions will temporarily be in place at Dumbarton Castle from today (Thursday 1 June) while routine maintenance works are carried out on Dumbarton Rock.

We've carried out a routine inspection of the rock face which identified areas of vegetation which need to be removed.

The Governor’s House and the King George’s, Spur and Spanish batteries will be accessible to visitors, while the Bower Battery and the central access route to the main rock peaks – the White Tower Crag and the Beak - will be restricted. Entry to the castle will be free of charge while the works are being carried out and HES staff will be on hand to engage visitors and provide information about the site, as well as the works taking place.

It is anticipated that the works will be completed by the end of June. This work is not related to HES’s high-level masonry programme.

Craig Mearns, Director of Operations at HES, said:

“These routine works are part of a regular programme of maintenance carried out annually of the rock face. However, while this work and associated activities are ongoing, it is important that we restrict access temporarily to these areas of the site for the safety of staff and visitors, and we apologise for any inconvenience caused. We hope that visitors will enjoy free entry to the site while these temporary restrictions are in place and continue to explore Dumbarton Castle to discover its long and varied history.”

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