'Rex Alo Cluathe', or the king of Dumbarton Rock, go back as far as 7th century Irish Chronicles. During the middle ages it became an important royal fortress but little remains of its early medieval history. There are even earlier references in the lives of St Columba and St Patrick. There was probably already a settlement here during Roman occupation.It was the capital of the independent British Kingdom of Strathclyde long before becoming part of the kingdom of Scots. Dumbarton Rock Castle has only fallen, there was a few days to a combined force of Picts and Northumbrians in 756 and then to a Norse Viking Siege in 870-874.

Because of its strength and strategic position control of the Castle and Rock were hotly contested in the many of the power struggles that characterise the 14th to 16th century of Scottish history. The present Castle contains 17th and 18th century buildings. There are sites for gun batteries and a magazine for ammunition. There was also a prison that was supposed to have been used for the French prisoners during the Napoleonic Wars. During the later 17th and 18th century there were threats of the Jacobite uprising and a French invasion to underline its strategic importance. The Rock was garrisoned right up until the Second World War but the restrictions of the site made it difficult to adapt to modern military needs as they were being squeezed between White Tower Crag and the Beak.

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DUMBARTON ROCK AND CASTLE

Dumbarton Castle is the most ancient continuously fortified place in the British Isles. Dun Breatainn means 'fortress of the Britains’ 

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This is where they say that some of the Series Seven of The Game of Thrones will be filmed. The Series 7 to be released in 2016 - 2017?

Published on 19 Dec 2014
Scotland - Dumbarton Castle

Dumbarton Castle guards the point where the River Leven joins the River Clyde. Its recorded history reaches back 1,500 years. At that time the place was known as Alt Clut, ‘Rock of the Clyde’. Later it became known by the Gaelic name Dun Breatann, ‘Fortress of the Britons’, from which the name Dumbarton is derived.

In the Middle Ages, Dumbarton Rock became an important royal castle. When it was first built in the 1220s, the Norwegian frontier lay just 10 miles (16km) downriver, and Dumbarton served as a Border stronghold. The Battle of Largs in 1263 effectively removed the threat from Norway, but it was soon replaced by an even greater menace from England.  In later centuries, the rock became a formidable garrison fortress, its defences bristling with guns. It last saw military action as recently as the Second World War.


Scotland - Dumbarton Castle, Rock of The Clyde, Fortress of the Britons







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Dumbarton castle in 1800

Dumbarton castle and lime kiln

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