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Over 28 of our staffed sites have now reopened and we are delighted to welcome you back. Booking in advance is recommended to guarantee entry. Find out more and book now

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Overview

Visit a stronghold that stood at the heart of an ancient kingdom covering the area now known as Strathclyde. Set high upon a volcanic rock in the Firth of Clyde, the castle was a royal refuge.

What to see and do

  • Climb the White Tower Crag for stunning views – sometimes as far as the peak of Ben Lomond
  • Take in the artillery fortifications to see fine examples of early 18th-century military architecture
  • Enter the Governor’s House, a fine Georgian residence and home to some interesting artefacts found at the castle
  • Take our fun fact-finding quiz 
Historic Scotland

Opening times

1 Apr to 30 Sept:
Daily, 10am to 4pm

1 Oct to 31 Mar:
Daily except Thur & Fri, 10am to 4pm

Booking in advance is recommended to guarantee entry.

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More than 20 of our sites are now open. Please book your tickets in advance.

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