Rothesay Castle

One of Scotland's most ancient and atmospheric castles

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Rothesay Castle has the distinction of being one of only two surviving moated castles in Scotland and its only castle with a circular courtyard. All this goes back to 1098 when there were Vikings to contend with hereabouts.

A couple of centuries later things were remodelled with the addition of drum towers and curtain walls.

The castle lies on the Isle of Bute: most easily reached via ferry (17 daily; 45mins; £5 per person) from Wemyss Bay (6 Shore Rd; PA18 6AR).

At A Glance

Castlehill Street
Rothesay, Isle of Bute PA20 0D
Adult £4.50, Child £2.70, Concession £3.60
Apr–Sep 9.30am–5.30pm daily; Oct–Mar 10am–4pm Mon–Wed, Sat & Sun

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