Historic Scotland
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Opening times

1 April to 30 September:
Monday to Sunday, 9.30am to 5.30pm

1 October to 31 March:
Monday to Sunday, 10am to 4pm (or earlier in bad weather)

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There is no parking on site, but visitors can be dropped off at the castle.

On-street parking may be available nearby. The nearest car park is at the Bruce Embankment.

Visitor centre

Access to the visitor centre is down 5 steps (with handrails) or a ramp. Inside, the centre is on the level.

A multi-sensory exhibition in the visitor centre includes audio-visual presentations and dioramas.

Approach to site

The castle is 50m from the visitor centre, over grass reinforced with narrow strips of concrete for wheelchair users.


Entry to the castle is over a wooden bridge. Inside is a grass courtyard, from which much of the castle can be seen.

The first and second floors of the south range are reached via stone spiral staircases (with handrails).

The sea and kitchen towers are up straight stone staircases (with handrails).

Entry to the mine and countermine is down very uneven rock steps. The passage is very low and narrow.


These are mainly grass and suitable for wheelchairs.


An adapted toilet is next to the exhibition, in the visitor centre.

Assistance dogs

Assistance dogs are welcome:

  • at all Historic Scotland properties
  • within roofed areas

View our access guide to find out about accessibility at more than 80 of our sites.

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