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I guess you could say visiting Threave Castle is more of an overall experience than seeing a decent ruin. Having said that, we really enjoyed our visit!Close to Threave Gardens and Castle Douglas.
A visit to Threave Castle involves a short boat ride, as the ruins are on the small Threave Island on the River Dee.You park in the carpark some distance from the castle and a ten minute stroll down through the fields (and many lychgates) takes you to the tiny landing stage, where a small motor boat ferries folks across. As our visit was during a fairly busy period, we disappointingly didn't need to ring the bell to summon the ferryman! The river was extremely low and our boatman had to gauge his loads very carefully to prevent grounding or catching his propeller on the bottom. The crossing is literally seconds rather than minutes, but it all adds to the experience.
We were fortunate with the weather, with clear blue skies, warm air and little wind, which all made our time here more enjoyable.
The castle belongs to National Trust for Scotland and there were some rather annoyed people who were not allowed admittance on an English National Trust membership.Much debate was had!
The 14th century ruins create a very scenic picture from all angles, particularly the first glimpse you get from across the river.
Inside, you can visit the kitchens where there is also a prison (padlocked!)and the great hall. Enjoy a walk around the top of the moat and take in the views of the Dee.
Admission, including the ferry crossing is £4.20 per adult.
Address: Castle Douglas, Dumfries and Galloway.
Directions: 20 miles south west of Dumfries and just south west of Castle Douglas.
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