Dumbarton Castle

West Dunbartonshire, Scotland

City/Town/Village: Dumbarton
County: West Dunbartonshire
Latitude/Longitude: 55.9367, -4.56324

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Dumbarton Castle is a Listed Building. Here's what the official description says about it:

Mostly 17th or 18th century fortifications on a large, steep, twin-peaked rock; partly enclosed by irregular curtain walls
at south-west and north-east, with gun batteries.
Rubble-built throughout, with ashlar dressings. Entrance at
south: 19th century outer gate. Inner (Classical,
round-arched) gate, triangular-plan King George's battery
with circular sentinel box corbelled over southern angle and
simple, classical 3-storey and attic 3-bay governor's house
all by Captain John Romer, 1735, Military Engineer for
Scotland. Steps behind governor's house lead through rock
cleft and guardhouse (probably 16th century; gun ports,
carved mask stone and 2 18th century windows) and through
pointed narrow archway of portcullis arch (probably 14th
century). Well and 2-storey, 5-bay French prison (latter
built between 1750-1775) at head of cleft, and ruins of 1617
Wallace tower which formerly guarded north entrance. Site of
Mediaeval White Tower and modern view indicator on western
summit (White Tower Crag); 1748 magazine by William Skinner
on eastern summit (The Beak) beside 1735 sentinel box (also
by Romer) on eastern curtain wall.

Information from British Listed Buildings


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