Dumbarton Castle – Wallace Begins

Historians believe William Wallace was imprisoned at Dumbarton Castle after his capture by Sir John Menteith before being led on a 17-day journey though England in chains for his execution.

Dumbarton Castle is set high upon a volcanic rock in the Firth of Clyde and was a royal refuge. The Wallace Tower, named after Scotland’s Braveheart, was built in the early 15th century and was originally four storeys high and may have been used as a royal residence when Dumbarton Castle was owned directly by the crown. The tower was destroyed sometime before 1800.

While at the Castle you can explore the various areas within the walls, take a stroll along the battlements and climb the steps to the top of rock to get fantastic views of the River Clyde.


Dumbarton Castle,
Castle Rd,
G82 1JJ

Opening times:
1 Apr to 30 Sept
Daily, 9.30am to 5.30pm
Last entry 4.45pm

1 Oct to 31 Mar
Daily except Thurs and Fri, 10am to 4pm
Last entry 3.15pm

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