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Access

Special arrangements are currently in place at Rothesay Castle, to comply with Scottish Government guidance during the Covid-19 pandemic. These arrangements are detailed below, and will be regularly updated. 

Safety measures

  • Our staff have been trained in hygiene and physical distancing and have been provided with the necessary PPE
  • Signage is on site to guide visitors, including one way systems and marked areas that are currently closed to visitors
  • We have introduced enhanced cleaning measures to make visitors feel comfortable while visiting
  • In line with Scottish Government legislation and guidance, face coverings are mandatory if you are visiting any indoor/enclosed spaces at our sites including retail and catering areas (subject to some exceptions)

Parking

The site has no specific visitor parking. Visitors can use the drop off point at the entrance.

Visitor centre

The shop has ramped access.

Monument

The castle is reached across a wooden bridge with a slight upward slope.

At ground level is a courtyard, which contains a chapel and a residential tower, later converted into a dovecot.

The courtyard has grass and paved surfaces.

Access to the dungeon is down a metal ladder of 10 rungs.

The gatehouse upper level is reached by two sets of stairs, one straight and one spiral staircase. Both may have uneven steps.

Toilets

Nearest adapted toilet is at the Rothesay ferry terminal, about 200m away.

Dogs

Assistance dogs are permitted at all our sites and within roofed areas.  

Visitors' dogs are allowed at Rothesay Castle, but are not permitted in roofed areas. 

Dogs must be kept on a lead at all times and not left unattended at any time. Owners must pick up after their dogs.

Access Guide

For information on accessibility at more than 80 of our sites download our Access Guide

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This site is currently closed as a precautionary measure while we undertake site inspections. We apologise for any inconvenience.

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