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- Rothesay Castle
- Alt Name:
- United Kingdom
- High Medieval (1000AD–1300AD)
- 1200AD - 1299AD
- Bothwell Castle, Dumbarton Castle,
about Rothesay Castle
Rothesay Castle was originally built by Walter, 3rd High Steward and ancestor of the royal Stewart line, in the thirteenth century.
It was intended as a stronghold against the ongoing threat of Norwegian invasion and was taken by attackers from Norway in both 1230 and 1263.
In 1371, Rothesay Castle attained royal status as Robert II became the first king from the House of Stewart. It was renovated in the fifteenth century but then fell into disuse, eventually being restored in the nineteenth century.
One thing which makes Rothesay Castle so different is its distinctive - probably thirteenth century - circular curtain wall, the remains of which can be seen there today. There are also exhibits about the history of Rothesay Castle and of its successive owners.
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Address: Rothesay Castle, Castlehill St, Rothesay, Isle of Bute PA20 0DA
Phone: +44 (0)1700 502 691
Rothesay Castle is located on the Isle of Bute. Calmac ferries run from Wemyss Bay (reached by train from Glasgow Central Train Station) to the Isle of Bute then a few min. walk.
Rothesay Castle is open 9:30am-4:30pm (to 5:30pm Apr-Sept). Nov-Mar closed Thursdays and Fridays. Last entry 30 min. before closing. Closed 25-26 Dec. May close at short notice. Call in advance to check. Full £4.20, reduced £3.40, children £2.50
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