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

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A small car park next to the visitor centre has two accessible spaces. It is level tarmac.

The main car park is about 400m from the visitor centre.

Approach to site

The castle is 250m from the visitor centre, along a gently sloping grass pathway (steepest gradient 1:10) and over a timber bridge.

Visitor centre

Entry is through a door 91cm wide, accessed by either a 1:20 ramp or 3 steps.


Entry to the castle is over a 6m section of cobbles. Inside is a grass courtyard, from which the whole castle can be seen. There is also a good view of the Bass Rock.

The ground level has steps to:

  • the kitchen
  • several storage cellars

Upper levels:

  • include the great hall and battlements
  • are reached by a series of uneven stone staircases (straight and spiral)

The dovecot is 40m off the main pathway to the castle. It is reached via a short-cut grass path.


The grass-covered castle grounds have:

  • no marked paths except those to the castle and dovecot
  • several dips and rises


An adapted toilet is next to 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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