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Free Weekend at Threave Castle

10 July 2009

There’s the chance to celebrate Douglas Day with a free visit to one of their greatest castles.

That means visitors will be able to enjoy the lovely Threave Castle, on an island in the River Dee, without paying a penny on the weekend of 25 and 26 July.

A family of two adults and two children will save £12.60 on a great day out.

This magnificent fortress was built by Archibald ‘the Grim’ Douglas who made his family one of the most powerful in the land.

Despite a life of warfare and intrigue, Archibald died peacefully in his bed at Threave on Christmas Eve 1400.

Douglas Day takes place in Castle Douglas on Saturday, 25 July and is the climax of the annual Civic Week.

Kari Coghill, Historic Scotland acting head of visitor services and business development, said: “We wanted to do our bit to support the festivities in Douglas so have decided to offer everyone the chance to visit Threave Castle for free.

“It’s a great chance to see one of Scotland’s most beautifully-situated castles, which belonged to one of its greatest clans.

“We hope that local residents will take the opportunity to enjoy the heritage at the heart of their own community, and that visitors from outwith the area will also take the opportunity to come along.

“The castle itself is an impressive ruin, with a rich history, but one of the things that really makes it special is the short boat ride across the Dee.”

Notes for editors:

  • Threave Castle is three miles west of Castle Douglas on the A75. Telephone 07711 223101.
  • Normal ticket prices are £4.20 for adults, £3.20 for concessions and £2.10 for children.
  • Historic Scotland has 345 historic properties and sites in its care. These include some of the leading tourism attractions in the country, including Edinburgh, Stirling, and Urquhart Castles, Fort George, Linlithgow Palace, the Border Abbeys, and Skara Brae. For further details visit:
  • Historic Scotland’s Mission is to safeguard Scotland’s historic environment and to promote its understanding and enjoyment.
  • Historic Scotland is delighted to be supporting the 2009 Year of Homecoming with a series of initiatives including family trails, spectacular events and the creation of a Homecoming Pass for heritage attractions in association with other heritage organisations.

For further information

Rebecca Hamilton
Marketing and Media Manager
Marketing and Media
0131 668 8685 / 07788 923871