Come along and watch fearless warriors in thrilling battles and learn more about cooking, traditions, armour and weaponry through the ages.
The History Bug is most infectious while making mini-mangonals and bird watching with the Rangers from the battlements.
Dumbarton Castle guards the point where the River Leven joins the River Clyde and is located at Castle Road, Dumbarton, Dunbartonshire, G82 1JJ Its recorded history goes back 1,500 years.
Back then, the place was known as Alt Clut (‘Rock of the Clyde’). Later it became known by the Gaelic name Dun Breatann (‘Fortress of the Britons’) from which the name Dumbarton is derived.
In the 1220s, the castle was a border stronghold – the Norwegian frontier lay just 10 miles downriver. The Treaty of Perth (1266) gave control of the Western Isles to the Scottish Crown, removing the threat from Norway – but an even greater menace from England soon replaced it.
Dumbarton was an important royal castle in the Middle Ages. In later centuries, Dumbarton Rock became a mighty garrison fortress, its defences packed with guns. It last saw military action as recently as the Second World War.
Lots of fun for all the family when you catch the History Bug on 10th and 11th June so, if you are staying here in central Scotland in one of our self-catering holiday cottages next weekend, why not consider a trip to Dumbarton Castle.
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