June 4, 2012 at 4:41 pm #14664
Have been meaning to go explore this castle since I discovered its existence. So with a day off and the fun shining I headed off on N.O.B. (New Old Bike).
There has been a fortress here for over 1500yrs held by Britons, Vikings and Scots. This makes it one of the oldest fortified strongholds in Britain and it is still a royal castle today.
I love castles, have done since a summer spent exploring probably 20+ castles in the UK when I was a child. Dumbarton Castle doesn’t dissapoint either, it has a fantastic history and enough of it remains to see how it would ave looked in its prime. It would have been a right bugger to attack too as it is inaccessible except from by one narrow route in unless you are Spiderman or can fly that is lol.
The main building that has survived is the prison built to house any French invaders
Some ruins still remain of other buildings too
There are loads of wildlife in the grounds, the ground is really fertile although not very easily plant-able as it is built on an extinct volcano, which in its day would have been 3 times as large…. so around 750′ tall.
You can just about see my bike parked at the bottom
The rocks are now 240′ so there was a lot of stairs to climb… 500+
The only way up
and a nice flag seein as its Jubilee weekend lol
I came back through the Argyll Forest and had a play down a fire track
Apparently this is good luck…. I just think it is messy lolJune 4, 2012 at 5:18 pm #63788ses310Moderator
Wow that looks like a great place to visit Pete! I love castles and history stuff too…. As for the birdsh*t I have to agree I think its messy too!
P.S. Who is that wierd bloke with the beardJune 4, 2012 at 5:28 pm #63789
hahaha, there are some weirdie-beardies out there! lolJune 4, 2012 at 5:34 pm #63790ses310Moderator
Some cracking pics too there strange bearded manJune 4, 2012 at 6:44 pm #63791
ty sesJune 4, 2012 at 7:07 pm #63792RadarModerator
Fantastic pics, did you ride up the stairs?? Loving the beard, I hear that ZZ Top are hiring…June 4, 2012 at 7:20 pm #63793
cheers dude, hahaha the suspension is a little hard for that… my spine is still hurting from the fire road lol. Ooo cool, I am after a new job!July 4, 2012 at 11:01 am #63794imperialdataKeymaster
Just noticed I didn’t comment on this. Cracking read Pete and some great shots. Shame about the bird poop, what do they eat around there?!
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